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Montana - Ecology of Infectious Disease (M-EID) faculty participants at The University of Montana span a breadth of programs and disciplines:

Mathematical Sciences
Applied Mathematics
Statistics
Joint Mathematics/Computer Science program
Computer Science
Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
Forestry
Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group
Wildlife Biology
Biological Sciences
Organismal Biology and Ecology
Integrated Microbiology and Biochemistry
Microbial Ecology
Communication Studies
Institute of Medicine and Humanities

This breadth is essential since full understanding of the myriad factors inherent in infectious disease systems requires efforts that embrace environmental, behavioral, social, and evolutionary aspects of both pathogenic microorganisms and eukaryotic hosts.  Further, the integration of data sets from organisms and environments interacting at widely disparate spatial and temporal scales provides fertile ground for innovation in mathematics and computer science, making these disciplines essential to comprehensive investigation of the ecology of infectious disease.

Montana - Ecology of Infectious Disease (M-EID) PI's are noted in italics.

Name
Research Interests

 

Evolution, population and behavioral genetics of plants and animals

Inverse problems and imaging processing.

My research focuses on the behavioral and physiological changes that occur in response to unpredictable events (stressors), the hormonal and cellular mechanisms that underlie these changes, and the ecological repercussions of these changes for animals in their natural environment.

Computational mathematics, numerical optimization, inverse/ill-posed problemsComputational mathematics, numerical optimization, inverse/ill-posed problems

Quant. ecology, metapopulation dynamics, quant. methods for decision-making

Quant. ecology, metapopulation dynamics, quant. methods for decision-making

Physiological evolution, population genetics, behavioral genetics of insects

Physiological evolution, population genetics, behavioral genetics of insec

Plant evolutionary genetics, speciation and adaptation, mating system evolution

Role of reservoir hosts in plague, habitat choice, effects of land use

Spatial statistics, Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods to model pathogen spread

Molecular parasitology, aquatic ecology of whirling disease

Molecular microbial ecology, microbial community ecology & animal disease

Habitat choice, GIS/LANDSAT imagery defining nonrandom species distribution

Computer simulation & modeling, data visualization, finite element method

Bacterial growth modeling, perturbation theory, modeling non-linear phenomena

Bacterial growth modeling, perturbation theory, modeling non-linear phenomena

Evolution, population genetics, behavioral genetics of insects

Organizational communication, technology & culture, identification

Role of invasive plants on rodent/hantavirus ecology, invasive plant ecology

Evolution, population genetics, behavioral genetics using models and genetic tools

Microbial evolution and population genetics

Habitat choice and effects of land use

Land mapping using environmental & remote data, scalar relationships

Dir. WBIO Program Predator/prey relationships WRT ecol. & social param.

Viral evolution & ecology, retroviral markers of host population dynamics

Dir. Wildlife Spatial Anal. Lab. Landscape-scale behav. ecology, remote sensing

Microbial physiology & population diversity, evolution and adaption

Dir. Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Grp. remote sensing WRT hantavirus

Dir. UMt Mentoring Prog. for Women in the Sciences Insect-fungus symbioses

Land mapping, linear & mixed models, ecological applic. of statistics

Dir. Inst. for Medicine and Humanities society and disease, ethics seminar

Evol. Pop. dynamics, genetic algorithms, artificial life, approx. string matching