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, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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



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

DARPA Young Faculty Award 2016

David H. Smith Fellowship in Conservation Research (Cedar Tree Foundation and Society for Conservation Biology)

Veterinary Graduate Academic Program Fellowship in Epidemiology (University of California, Davis)

Fulbright Graduate Fellowship (Australian-American Fulbright Commission)

Centenary Scholarship (Foundation for Young Australians)

First Class Honors (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney)

J.D. Stewart Prize in Veterinary Science (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney)

Lonsdale Prize for Clinical Studies (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney)

Wesley College Overseas Study Program Scholarship (Wesley College, University of Sydney)

Bryant Grainger Scholarship (Wesley College, University of Sydney)





Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University, State College, PA, USA, March 2017.

Montana State University10x10 Research Roadshow, March 2017.

Wild Sheep Foundation Conference, Helena, USA, February 2017.

Division of Biological Science, University of Montana, MT, USA, October 2016.

Ecological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, symposium on disease and conservation, August 2016.

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, July 2016.

Stanford Medical School, One Health Symposium, March 2016.

Stanford Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment, March 2016.

Departmental of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, October 2015.

Opening plenary at the International Wildlife Disease Association meeting, July 2015, Queensland, Australia.

Paul Allen School for Global Animal Health, February 2015, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

One Health session at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, November 2014, Sydney, Australia.

Montana State University, June 2014, Bozeman, Montana.

Environmental Futures Research Institute and School of Environment, Griffith University, May 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

University of Queensland Ecology Group, May 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

University of California Los Angeles Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases group, February 2014, Los Angeles, California.

James Cook University One Health group, November 2013, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

In session: Disease Ecology in Human Altered Landscapes, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ecology Department, April 2013, University of Georgia, Athens GA.

ETH Zurich, Switzerland.March 2013,

Cary Institute for Ecosystem studies, Millbrook, NY.February 2013.

In session on disease dynamics in migratory species, August 2011, Ecological Society of America, Austin, Texas.

Montana State University, October 2009, Bozeman, Montana.

University of Melbourne, May 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

Henipavirus Research Adoption Forum, by Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, July 2007, Canberra, Australia.

International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Meeting, August 2006, Cairns, Australia.

In session: Wildlife diseases. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, September 2005, Madison Wisconsin.



Plowright R.K., 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, R.K., E. Frances Cassirer, H.E. Tuers-lance, C. Dotson, P.E. Matthews, P.J. Hudson, P.C. Cross, K. Manlove, T.E. Besser. Does individual variation in disease transmission offer hope for evidence-based management of pneumonia in bighorn sheep? Society for Conservation Biology, July 2014, Missoula, MT.

Plowright R.K., Infection and Immunity in a bighorn sheep metapopulation, North American Wild Sheep and Goat Congress, March 2012, Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Plowright R. K., P. Foley, H. E. Field, A. P. Dobson, J. E. Foley, P. Eby and P. Daszak. Urban habituation, connectivity, and stress synchrony: Hendra virus emergence from flying foxes (Pteropus spp.), One Health Congress, February 2011, Melbourne, Australia.

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

Plowright R.K., Foley P., Field H., Dobson A., Foley J., Eby P., & Daszak P. Urban habituation, ecological connectivity and epidemic dampening: the emergence of Hendra virus from flying foxes. Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Meeting, May 2009, Athens, Georgia.

Plowright R.K., Foley P., Eby P., Dobson A., Field H., Foley J. & Daszak P. Modeling the effects of flying fox urbanization on Hendra virus dynamics. International Wildlife Disease Association Meeting, August 2008, Edmonton, Canada.

Plowright R. K., Field H. E., Smith C., Divljan A., Palmer C., Tabor G. M., Daszak P. & Foley J. E. 2008 Reproduction and nutritional stress are risk factors for Hendra virus infection in little red flying foxes (Pteropus scapulatus). International Wildlife Disease Association Meeting, August 2008, Edmonton, Canada.

Plowright, R.K., P. Foley, H. Field, and J. Foley. Can habitat fragmentation lead to disease emergence: metapopulation modeling of Hendra virus to explore hypotheses for emergence. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Plowright, R.K., P. Foley, H. Field, and J. Foley. Disease ecology of Hendra virus: Epidemiological modeling to test theories for emergence. International Wildlife Disease Association Meeting, July 2005, Cairns, Australia.