The research lab of Dr. Wendy C. Turner
Our lab conducts research into the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, focused on environmentally-transmitted parasites and pathogens. We study ecological, behavioral and genetic factors affecting disease transmission and epidemiology, including host-pathogen interactions, host susceptibility, and pathogen variation and persistence in the environment. We examine how together these contribute to outbreak seasonality and long-term patterns in disease dynamics within and among host species.
Our research currently includes three main study systems:
- anthrax transmission ecology in herbivorous wildlife of Namibia and South Africa,
- chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in the Midwestern U.S., and
- white-nose syndrome and the ecology and conservation of northern long-eared bats on Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands.