Abbreviated CV


Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University and Griffith University. 2012-2014.

David H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pennsylvania State University. 2009 – 2011.

Ph.D. Ecology, University of California, Davis. 2007.

M.S. Epidemiology, University of California, Davis. 2005.

B.V.Sc. Hons I (Bachelor of Veterinary Science with First Class Honors)University of Sydney. 1997.



Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Montana State University.

Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences. James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.

Adjunct Research Fellow, Environmental Futures Research Institute. Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.



RR Parker Memorial Lecture, 73rd International Conference on Diseases in Nature Communicable to Man. 2018.

Nominated for Director's Award, DARPA Biological Technologies Office. 2018.

Kopriva Lectureship, Montana State University. 2017.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine. 2017.

DARPA Young Faculty Award. 2016.





Duke University Program in Ecology, One Health Symposium. 2018.

Kopriva Lecture, Montana State University. 2018.

Stanford, Department of Biology. 2017.

Department of Biology, Universidad de la República, Montevideo Uruguay. 2017.

Department of Medicine, Universidad de la República, Montevideo Uruguay. 2017.



Plowright RK, Peel A, Smith C, Edson D, Crameri G, Hudson P, Eby P, McCallum H. Features of bat virus spillover. International Berlin Bat Meeting. March 2015. Berlin, Germany.

Plowright RK, Cassirer EF, Tuers-lance HE, Dotson C, Matthews PE, Hudson PJ, Cross PC, Manlove K, Besser TE. Does individual variation in disease transmission offer hope for evidence-based management of pneumonia in bighorn sheep?. Society for Conservation Biology. July 2014. Missoula, Montana.

Plowright RK. Infection and Immunity in a bighorn sheep metapopulation. North American Wild Sheep and Goat Congress. March 2012. Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Plowright RK, Foley P, Field HE, Dobson AP, Foley JE, Eby P, Daszak P. Urban habituation, connectivity, and stress synchrony: Hendra virus emergence from flying foxes (Pteropus spp.). One Health Congress. February 2011. Melbourne, Australia.

Dobson A, Plowright RK. Brucellosis in Bison. USGS Brucellosis Symposium. July 2009. Bozeman, Montana.