Pests & Pathogens

Sudden Oak Death landscape

We investigate the origins, transmission, and spatial pathways of infectious diseases in plants and animals and develop novel ways to map, track, and predict disease spread. Using these tools, we can identify and better manage the threats posed by pests and pathogens to plant and animal health, ecosystems, and livelihoods. Historically, our group has focused on modeling the spread of Sudden Oak Death, a devastating tree infection invading West Coast forests with significant ecological, cultural, and economic consequences. Our attention has also turned to modeling a wider variety of pests and pathogens in a simulation framework (called PoPPS, the Pest or Pathogen Spread Simulation) that can help stakeholders easily examine potential management options. 

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