Animal carcasses may increase grazing potential and anthrax transmission risk for elk and bison, but differently

The latest publication led by SEER Lab #MedGeo M.S. Alum, and full-time Spatial Epidemiologist Morgan Walker is available in Royal Society Open Science. In this study, Walker and others examined how ungulates, primarily plains bison and elk, use animal carcasses on the Montana landscape. Working with SEER Lab partners at Turner Enteprises, Inc. (TEI) out […]

Latest SEER Lab and QDEC Lab publication defines sex-specific anthrax risk for elk

SEER Lab and QDEC Lab‘s latest publication in the Journal of Wildlife Management examines resource selection and anthrax risk in female elk in southwestern Montana. This paper, led by SEER Lab and Geography #MedGeo alum Dr. Anni Yang, builds on previous work defining male elk resource selection in the same study area and compares females […]

Sex-Specific Elk Resource Selection during the Anthrax Risk Period

BLACKBURN, RYAN, YANG – Sex-Specific Elk Resource Selection during the Anthrax Risk Period Anni Yang, Kelly M. Proffitt, Valpa Asher, Sadie J. Ryan, Jason K. Blackburn Article first published online: 01 OCT 2020 The Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21952 ABSTRACT: Anthrax, caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, is a zoonosis affecting animals and […]

Dr. Blackburn participates in Vietnam One Health University Network Panel

As part of a SEER Lab’s long-term research partnership in Vietnam, Dr. Jason Blackburn participated as an invited guest panelist for the most recent meeting of the Vietnam One Health University Network (VOHUN) One Health Biorisk Management Series. Dr. Blackburn joined over 150 participants from 21 countries. The focus of the workshop was on brucellosis, […]

Distribution of Serological Response to Burkholderia pseudomallei in Swine from Three Provinces of Vietnam

BLACKBURN, NORRIS – Distribution of Serological Response to Burkholderia pseudomallei in Swine from Three Provinces of Vietnam Michael H. Norris, Hang Thi Thu Tran, Morgan A. Walker, Andrew P. Bluhm, Diansy Zincke, Trinh Thanh Trung, Nga Vu Thi, Ngoc Pham Thi, Herbert P. Schweizer, Fred Unger, Jason K. Blackburn, and Nguyen Thi Thu Hang Article […]

GIS4424C-GIS6456C Applications of GIS for Disease Ecology and Zoonosis

Course description: This is an advanced-level course for medical geography, and sister disciplines (epidemiology, public health, ecology). It can serve as an undergraduate level major or minor requirement. Focus is on GIS applications in spatial analysis and ecology to address common research issues related to zoonotic diseases (those affecting animals and humans). Food security and […]

MedGeo study on epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus seroprevalence in wild Florida deer

GAINESVILLE, FL – The latest #MedGeo paper from SEER Lab‘s Maria Uribasterra, Jeremy Orange, Dr. Emily Dinh, and  Dr. Jason Blackburn describes the seroprevalance of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) in wild white-tailed deer from North Florida. This study was part of the larger Cervidae Health Research Initiative (CHeRI), directed by Dr. Samantha Wisely from […]

Exploring environmental coverages of species: a new variable contribution estimation methodology for rulesets from the genetic algorithm for rule-set prediction

BLACKBURN, YANG – Exploring environmental coverages of species: a new variable contribution estimation methodology for rulesets from the genetic algorithm for rule-set prediction Anni Yang, Juan Pablo Gomez, and Jason K. Blackburn Article first published online: 12 MAY 2020 PeerJ DOI: 10.7717/peerj.8968 ABSTRACT: Variable contribution estimation for, and determination of variable importance within, ecological niche […]

Latest SEER Lab publication introduces novel variable selection method for ecological niche modeling

Ecological niche models (ENMs) are widely used to predict the geographic distribution of species and are applied across taxa. Within the geography department, ENMs have been used to map hosts, vectors, and pathogens for MedGeo studies, species of conservation concern, and invasive species potential. Such models rely on relating non-random patterns of occurrences, locations where […]

Spatial point pattern analysis of traces (SPPAT): An approach for visualizing and quantifying site-selectivity patterns of drilling predators

BLACKBURN – Spatial point pattern analysis of traces (SPPAT): An approach for visualizing and quantifying site-selectivity patterns of drilling predators Alexis Rojas, Gregory P. Dietl, Michal Kowalewski, Roger W. Portell, Austin Hendy, and Jason K. Blackburn Article first published online: 05 MAY 2020 Paleobiology DOI: 10.1017/pab.2020.15 ABSTRACT: Site-selectivity analysis of drilling predation traces may provide […]