Invasion ecology of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) in Florida, USA: the role of humans in the expansion and colonization of an invasive wild ungulate

Corresponding author: Samantha M. Wisely, wisely@ufl.edu Summary author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Wild pigs, an invasive species, adversely affect local ecosystems and are a pressing issue globally. Invasive species disrupt an environment’s natural cycle by depleting local vegetation and contributing to soil erosion.  This creates undue stress and puts a burden […]

The importance of early life experience and animal cultures in reintroductions

Corresponding Author: Claire S. Teitelbaum, claire.teitelbaum@gmail.com Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Many animal species have specific behaviors which occur in a group throughout generations, also known as animal cultures. These behaviors are taught to the young in a group by mimicking the actions of the older, more experienced individuals. With […]

Disentangling the link between supplemental feeding, population density, and the prevalence of pathogens in urban stray cats

Corresponding Author: Myung-Sun Chun, jdchun@snu.ac.kr Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Feral cats often receive supplemental feeding from humans in urban environments.  These humans can be considered “cat caretakers.” With an expected positive correlation between increased cat population density and cat caretaker activity, there is concern that more densely populated areas […]

Changing resource landscapes and spillover of henipaviruses

Corresponding author: Maureen Kessler, maureenkkessler@gmail.com Due to land use change, many pteropodids, a family of old world fruit bats, are forced to alter their foraging behavior, causing them to move to regions that are in close proximity to humans. This leads to more human-bat interactions and a greater risk of zoonotic […]

Anticipating epidemic transitions with imperfect data

Corresponding Author: Tobias S. Brett Recent literature has highlighted the potential to predict disease outbreak through early-warning signals (EWS), summary statistics which undergo characteristic changes as an epidemic transition is approached. In these transitions, disease transmission can shift from limited, stuttering chains of transmission to large-scale outbreaks. Thus successful prediction […]

Estimating the distance to an epidemic threshold

Corresponding Author: Eamon B. O’Dea, odea35@gmail.com An important component of predicting disease emergence is the ability to assess the distance to epidemic thresholds, the critical number of susceptible hosts needed for an epidemic to occur. Monitoring this threshold allows researchers to confirm the emergence of an epidemic and take action […]

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