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Dr. LaDeau’s research broadly investigates the mechanisms by which spatial (e.g., land use) and temporal (e.g., weather) variability define population dynamics of pests and pathogens and associated disease risk in ecological communities. LaDeau received her Ph.D. in ecology at Duke University in 2005, where she investigated forest response to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide using free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) plots. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioinformatics from the National Science Foundation in 2008, at The Ohio State University Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Sciences and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, where she worked on using data-model assimilation to investigate the impacts of West Nile virus emergence on avian communities across the continental United States.
Over the past 50 years many regions have experienced a (re)emergence of mosquito-vectored diseases, both due to novel pathogens and those previously eradicated. This phenomenon is increasingly evident in cities across the globe.
Infectious Hematopoeitic Necrosis Virus (IHNV) is a rhabdovirus threatening endangered populations of wild salmon and thwarting hatchery-led conservation efforts.
West Nile virus emerged in the western hemisphere during the summer of 1999, reawakening public awareness to the potential severity of vector –borne pathogens.
Hemlock is a "foundation" tree species in eastern forests and its presence defines the properties of a unique ecosystem that is presently declining due to the introduction and spread of an invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid.
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