We study the dynamics of infectious diseases in reservoir host species with an emphasis on diseases in bats. Bats are hosts to some of the most notorious infections that spill over from animals to humans.

Transmission of disease between species (spillover) is a profound issue for human, livestock and wildlife health. We are interested in how the conditions that enable spillover interact to allow pathogens to cross species barriers.


Pneumonia in bighorn sheep and white-nose syndrome in bats pose significant threats to the conservation and survival of affected species. We work across disciplines using field, lab, dynamic modeling and statistical modeling approaches to understand these complex wildlife diseases.