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Connecting Disease with Movement Ecology in Humans and Animals: An Integrated Approach?

2021/08/05 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Text: ESA Vital Connections in Ecology 2021This event will feature Caroline Buckee and be hosted by the Ecological Society of America. Learn more here. Register here. A fee is required to attend.

This dynamic session will use discussion-based exchange to explore how movement is integrated into studies of infectious disease spillover and transmission in humans and wildlife. Speakers will use 3-5 minute talks (30 minutes) to introduce overarching questions or key ideas followed by structured group discussion (30 minutes). We will compare fundamental differences in human and wildlife study of host movement and the potential benefits of an integrated human-wildlife approach, exploring topics like the importance of spatial scale, different data streams, and the causes and consequences of altered host movement patterns. Following the session, organizers will engage interested participants in a peer-reviewed synthesis of the session topics. Such a paper will help bridge a gap between human and wildlife researchers, improving the way we study host movement and infectious disease introduction, dispersal, and maintenance in all populations.

Come prepared with a movement/disease question for a fellow participant or speaker!


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm