Publications in refereed journals:

(* = student, + = postdoc)


Giles JR*, Eby P, Parry H, Peel AJ+, Plowright RK, Westcott D, and McCallum M. Environmental drivers of spatiotemporal foraging intensity in fruit bats (Pteropus poliocephalus). In Press. Scientific Reports.

Andrews K+ , Adams J, Cassirer EF, Plowright RK, Gardner C, Dwire M, Hohenlohe P, Waits L. A bioinformatic pipeline for identifying informative SNP panels for parentage assignment from RADseq data. In Press. Molecular Ecology Resources.

Martin G*, Yanez-Arenas C, Chen C, Plowright RK, Webb RJ, Skerratt LF. Climate change could increase the extent of areas at risk of Hendra virus spillover. 2018. EcoHealth. doi: 10.1007/s10393-018-1322-9 [PDF]

Altizer S, Becker DJ+ , Epstein JH, Forbes KM, Gillespie TR, Hawley DM, Hall RJ, Martin LB, Plowright RK, Satterfield DA, Streicker DG. Food for contagion: synthesis and future directions for studying host-parasite responses to resource shifts in anthropogenic environments. 2018. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0102 [PDF] (authors in alphabetical order)

Becker DJ+ , Hall RJ, Forbes KM, Plowright RK, Altizer S. Anthropogenic resource subsidies and host-parasite dynamics in wildlife. 2018. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0086 [PDF]

Faust CL+ , McCallum HI, Bloomfield LSP*, Gottdenker N, Gillespie TR, Torney CJ, Dobson AP, Plowright RK. Pathogen spillover during land conversion. 2018. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12904 [PDF]

Páez DJ+ , Restif O, Eby P, Plowright RK. Optimal foraging in seasonal environments: Implications for residency of Australian flying foxes in food-subsidized urban landscapes. 2018. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0097 [PDF]

Martin G*, Yanez-Arenas C, Plowright RK, Chen C, Roberts B, Skerratt LF. Hendra virus spillover: a bimodal system driven by climatic factors. 2018. EcoHealth, 1-17. doi: 10.1007/s10393-017-1309-y [PDF]


Voigt CC, Frick WF, Holderied MW, Holland R, Kerth G, Mello MAR, Plowright RK, Swartz S, Yovel Y. Principles and Patterns of Bat Movements: From Aerodynamics to Ecology. 2017. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 92, no.3 (September 2017):267-287. doi: 10.1086/693847 [PDF]

Cassirer EF, Manlov, K+ , Almberg E, Kamath P, Cox M, Wolff P, Roug, A, Shannon J, Robinson R, Harris R, Plowright RK, Hudson P, Cross P, Dobson A, Besser T. Management of pneumonia in bighorn sheep: risk, reservoirs, and resilience. 2017. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21309 [PDF]

Plowright RK, Manlove KR+ , Besser TE, Páez DJ+ , Andrews KR+ , Matthews PE, Waits LP, Hudson PJ, Cassirer EF. Age-specific infectious period shapes dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep. 2017. Ecology Letters, 20:1325-1336. doi: 10.1111/ele.12829 [PDF] (cover photo)

Plowright RK, Parrish C, McCallum H, Hudson PJ, Ko A, Graham A, Loyd-Smith J. Pathways to zoonotic spillover. 2017. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 15(8):502-510. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2017.45 [PDF]

Páez DJ+ , Giles J*, McCallum H, Field H, Jordan D, Peel A+ , Plowright RK. Conditions affecting the timing and magnitude of Hendra virus shedding across bat populations in Australia. 2017. Epidemiology and Infection. doi: 10.1017/S0950268817002138 [PDF

Jeong J*, Smith CS, Peel AJ+ , Plowright RK, Kerlin DH+ , McBroom J, McCallum H. Persistent infections maintain a coronavirus in a population of Australian bats (MyotisMacropus). 2017. Epidemiology and Infection. doi: 10.1017/S0950268817000991 [PDF]

Manlove KR+ , Cassirer EF, Plowright RK, Cross PC, Hudson PJ. Contact and contagion: Probability of transmission given contact varies with demographic state in bighorn sheep. 2017. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12664 [PDF]

Martin G*, Webb RJ, Chen CCM, Plowright RK, Skerratt LF. Microclimates might limit indirect transmission of the bat borne zoonotic Hendra virus. 2017. Microbial Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s00248-017-0934-x [PDF]

Faust CL+ , Dobson AP, Gottdenker N, Bloomfield LSP*, McCallum HI, Gillespie TR, Diuk-Wasser M, Plowright RK. Null expectations for disease dynamics in shrinking habitat patches: dilution or amplification?. 2017. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0173 [PDF]

Peel AJ+ , Eby P, Kessler M*, Lunn T*, Breed AC, Plowright RK. Hendra virus spillover risk in horses: urging heightened vigilance and precautions this winter. 2017. Australian Veterinary Journal, 97(7). [PDF]


Giles JR*, Plowright RK, Eby P, Peel AJ+ , McCallum H. Models of Eucalypt phenology predict bat population flux. 2016. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2382 [PDF]

Cassirer EF, Manlove KR*, Plowright RK, Besser TE. Evidence for strain-specific immunity to pneumonia in bighorn sheep. 2016. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21172 [PDF]

Martin GA*, Yanez-Arenas C, Roberts BJ, Chen C, Plowright RK, Webb R, Smith C, Skerratt LF. Bioclimatic suitability influences abundance patterns of Australian flying foxes and risk of Hendra virus spillover. 2016. One Health. doi: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2016.07.004 [PDF]

Manlove K*, Cassirer EF, Cross PC, Plowright RK, Hudson PJ. Disease introduction is associated with a phase transition in bighorn sheep demographics. 2016. Ecology. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1520 [PDF]

Plowright RK, Peel A+ , Streicker D, Gilbert A, McCallum H, Wood J, Baker M, Restif O. Transmission or within-host processes driving pulses of infection in reservoir hosts. 2016. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(8):e0004796. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004796 [PDF] (PLOS featured image and PLOS featured author live Q&A session series)

Peel AJ+ , Field H, Reid PA, Plowright RK, Broder CC, Skerratt LF, Hayman DTS, Restif O, et al. The equine Hendra virus vaccine remains a highly effective preventative measure against infection in horses and humans. ‘The imperative to develop a human vaccine for the Hendra virus in Australia’. 2016. Infection, Ecology and Epidemiology, 6:31658. doi: 10.3402/iee.v6.31658 [PDF]

O’Shea TJ, Cryan PM, Hayman DTS, Plowright RK, Streicker DG. Multiple mortality events in bats: a global review. 2016. Mammal Review. doi: 10.1111/mam.12064 [PDF]


Martin G*, Plowright RK, Chen C, Kault D, Selleck P, Skerratt L. Hendra virus survival does not explain spillover patterns and implicates relatively direct transmission routes from flying foxes to horses. 2015. Journal of General Virology. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.000073 [PDF]

Plowright RK, Eby P, Hudson PJ, Smith IL, Westcott D, Bryden WL, Middleton D, Reid PA, McFarlane RA*, Martin G*, Tabor GM, Skerratt LF, Anderson DL, Crameri G, Quammen D, Jordan D, Freeman P, Wang L, Epstein JH, Marsh GA, Kung NY, McCallum H. Ecological dynamics emerging bat virus spillover. 2015. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 282:20142124. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2124 [PDF] (Web of Science “Hot paper” and “Highly cited paper”)


Manlove K*, Cassirer EF, Cross P, Plowright RK, Hudson P. Costly connections: Social groups shape pneumonia transmission among bighorn lambs (Ovis canadensis). 2014. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 281:20142331. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2331 [PDF]

Peel A+ , Luis A, Pulliam J, Plowright RK, Hayman D, O’Shea T, Wood J, Webb C, Restif O. The effect of seasonal birth pulses on pathogen persistence in wild mammal populations. 2014. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 281:20132962. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2962 [PDF]

O’Shea TJ, Cryan PM, Cunningham AA, Hayman DTS, Luis AD, Peel AJ+ , Plowright RK, Wood JLN. Bat flight and emerging zoonotic viruses. 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases. doi: 10.3201/eid2005.130539 [PDF]

2013 and earlier

Gilbert AT, Fooks AR, Hayman D, Horton DL, Müller T, Plowright RK, Peel AJ+ , Bowen R, Wood JLN, Mills J, Cunningham AA, Rupprecht CE. Deciphering serology to understand the ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife. 2013. EcoHealth, 1-16. doi: 10.1007/s10393-013-0856-0 [PDF]

Plowright RK, Manlove KR*, Cassirer EF, Cross PC, Besser TE, Hudson PJ. Use of exposure history to identify patterns of immunity to pneumonia in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). 2013. PLOS ONE, 8:e61919. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061919 [PDF]

Cassirer F, Plowright RK, Manlove K*, Cross PC, Dobson A, Potter K, Hudson PJ. The spatio-temporal dynamics of pneumonia in a bighorn sheep metapopulation. 2013. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82(3):518-528. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12031 [PDF]

Restif O, Hayman DT, Pulliam JR, Plowright RK, George DB, Luis AD, Cunningham AA, Bowen RA, Fooks AR, O’Shea TJ, Wood JLN, Webb CT. Model-guided fieldwork: practical guidelines for multidisciplinary research on wildlife ecological and epidemiological dynamics. 2012. Ecology Letters, 15:1083-1094. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01836.x [PDF]

Plowright RK, Foley P, Field HE, Dobson AP, Foley JE, Eby P, Daszak P. Urban habituation, ecological connectivity and epidemic dampening: the emergence of Hendra virus from flying foxes (Pteropus spp.). 2011. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 278(1725):3703-3712. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0522 [PDF] (Web of Science “Highly cited paper”)

Smith CS, Epstein JH, Breed AC, Plowright RK, Olival KJ, de Jong C, Daszak P, Field HE. Satellite telemetry and long-range bat movements. 2011. PLOS ONE, 6(2):e14696. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014696 [PDF]

Plowright RK, Sokolow SH, Gorman ME, Daszak P, Foley JE. Causal inference in disease ecology: investigating ecological drivers of disease emergence. 2008. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6(8):420-429. doi: 10.1890/070086 [PDF]

Plowright RK, Field HE, Smith C, Divljan A, Palmer C, Tabor GM, Daszak P, Foley JE. Reproduction and nutritional stress are risk factors for Hendra virus infection in little red flying foxes (Pteropus scapulatus). 2008. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 275:861-9. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1260 [PDF]

Halpin K, Hyatt AD, Plowright RK, Epstein JH, Daszak P, Field HE, Wang LF, Daniels PW. Emerging viruses: Coming in on a wrinkled wing and a prayer. 2007. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 44:711-717. doi: 10.1086/511078 [PDF]

Breed AC, Field HE, Epstein JH, Plowright RK, Daszak P. Emerging henipaviruses and flying foxes - Conservation and management perspectives. 2006. Biological Conservation, 131:211-220. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2006.04.007 [PDF]

Breed A, Field H, Plowright RK. Volant viruses: a concern to bats, humans and other animals. 2005. Microbiology Australia, 26:59-62. [PDF]

Daszak P, Tabor GM, Kilpatrick AM, Epstein J, Plowright RK. Conservation Medicine and a New Agenda for Emerging Diseases. 2004. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1026:1-11. doi: 10.1196/annals.1307.001 [PDF]

Plowright RK. Crevasse fall in the Antarctic: a patient’s perspective. 2000. Medical Journal of Australia, 173:576-578. [PDF]

Book chapters, book reviews, and non-peer reviewed:

(* = student, + = postdoc)

Manlove K+ , Almberg ES, Kamath PL, Plowright RK, Besser TE, Hudson PJ. Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in bighorn sheep. In Press. Wildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application. Ed.s: Wilson K, Fenton A, Tompkins D.

Plowright RK, Cross PC, Tabor GM, Almberg E, Bienen L, Hudson PJ. Climate-change and disease dynamics. 2012. Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, Oxford University. Ed.s: Auguirre A, Daszak P, Ostfeld S.

Gorman ME, Jenkins L, Plowright RK. Human interactions and sustainability. 2012. Sustainability: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Bentham Open E-books. Ed.s: Cabezas H, Diwekar U.

Breed AC, Plowright RK, Hayman DTS, Knobel DL, Molenaar FM, Gardner-Roberts D, Cleaveland S, Haydon DT, Kock RA, Sainsbury AW, Delahay RJ. Disease management in endangered mammals. 2009. Management of disease in wild mammals. Springer, Tokyo. Ed.s: Delahay RJ, Smith GC, Hutchings MR.

Plowright RK. Disease and ecology: crossroads in primate evolution. 2006. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 21:666. (book review)

Daszak P, Plowright RK, Epstein JH, Pulliam J, Abdul Rahman S, Field HE, Smith CS, Olival KJ, Luby S, Halpin K, Hyatt AD, the Henipavirus Ecology Research Group (HERG). The emergence of Nipah and Hendra virus: pathogen dynamics across a wildlife-livestock-human continuum. 2006. Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics, Oxford University Press. Ed.s: Collinge S, Ray C.

Plowright RK. Habitat loss and the emergence of infectious diseases in flying-foxes. 2007. The Nature of Northern Australia: natural values, ecological processes and future prospects, Australian National University Press, Canberra. Ed.s: Woinarski J, Mackey B, Nix H, Trail B.

Group authorship:

The Henipavirus Ecology Collaborative Research Group (HERG)

Rahman SA, Hassan L, Epstein JH, Mamat ZC, Yatim AM, Hassan SS, Field HE, Hughes T, Westrum J, Naim MS, Suri AS, Jamaluddin AA, Daszak P, HERG. Risk Factors for Nipah virus infection among pteropid bats, Peninsular Malaysia. 2013. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 19:51-60. doi: 10.3201/eid1901.120221 [PDF]

Pulliam JR, Epstein JH, Dushoff J, Rahman SA, Bunning M, Jamaluddin AA, Hyatt AD, Field HE, Dobson AP, Daszak P, HERG. Agricultural intensification, priming for persistence and the emergence of Nipah virus: a lethal bat-borne zoonosis. 2012. J R Soc Interface, 9:89-101. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0223 [PDF]

Halpin K, Hyatt AD, Fogarty R, Middleton D, Bingham J, Epstein JH, Rahman SA, Hughes T, Smith C, Field HE, Daszak P, HERG. Pteropid bats are confirmed as the reservoir hosts of henipaviruses: a comprehensive experimental study of virus transmission. 2011. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 85:946-951. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2011.10-0567 [PDF]