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Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau

Disease Ecologist | PhD, Duke University

Expertise
biodiversity, arbovirus, urban, mosquito

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Shannon LaDeau works at the interface of ecology and disease. Her research explores how environmental conditions shape populations of disease-carrying animals such as mosquitoes and ticks, to reduce human exposure to Zika, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, Lyme disease, and other infections.

LaDeau’s work in urban ecology focuses on quantifying mosquito abundance and biting behavior, modeling transmission risk, and predicting vector populations’ response to environmental change - with an emphasis on how human behavior impacts mosquitoes. By unraveling how built and green spaces influence mosquito numbers block-by-block in Baltimore, she is advancing the science needed for effective mosquito control. This work strives to heal legacies of environmental injustice that have left poor and minoritized urban residents more vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases.

Other projects include modeling techniques to reveal how climate change influences tick populations and Lyme disease risk throughout the US eastern seaboard, ecological forecasting methods that better predict ecosystem-wide response to climate change, and factors that influence transmission of a virus threatening salmon in the Columbia River Basin.

LaDeau is an Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Ecological Society of America’s journal Ecosphere.

Stefopoulou, Angeliki, Shannon L. LaDeau, Nefeli Syrigou, George Balatsos, Vasileios Karras, Ioanna Lytra, Evangelia Boukouvala, et al. 2021. “Knowledge, Attitude, And Practices Survey In Greece Before The Implementation Of Sterile Insect Technique Against Aedes Albopictus”. Insects 12 (3). MDPI AG: 212. doi:10.3390/insects12030212.
LaDeau, Shannon L. 2021. “Rodents Harboring Zoonotic Pathogens Take Advantage Of Abandoned Land In Post‐Katrina New Orleans”. Molecular Ecology. Wiley. doi:10.1111/mec.15843.
Pickett, Steward T. A., Morgan Grove, Shannon L. LaDeau, Emma J. Rosi, and Mary L. Cadenasso. 2020. “Urban Ecology As An Integrative Science And Practice.”. In Urban Ecology: Its Nature And Challenges, 122-143. CABI. doi:10.1079/9781789242607.0122.
Rothman, Sarah, Jennifer A Jones, Shannon L. LaDeau, Paul T Leisnham, and Theodore Andreadis. 2020. “Higher West Nile Virus Infection In Aedes Albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) And Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes From Lower Income Neighborhoods In Urban Baltimore, Md”. Journal Of Medical Entomology. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/jme/tjaa262.
Cator, Lauren J., Leah R. Johnson, Erin A. Mordecai, Fadoua El Moustaid, Thomas R. C. Smallwood, Shannon L. LaDeau, Michael A. Johansson, et al. 2020. “The Role Of Vector Trait Variation In Vector-Borne Disease Dynamics”. Frontiers In Ecology And Evolution 8. Frontiers Media SA. doi:10.3389/fevo.2020.00189.
Pickett, Steward T. A., M. L. Cadenasso, M. E. Baker, L. E. Band, C. G. Boone, G. L. Buckley, Peter M. Groffman, et al. 2020. “Theoretical Perspectives Of The Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution In A Social-Ecological Research Project”. Bioscience 70 (4): 297-314+.
Paez, D. J., Shannon L. LaDeau, R. Breyta, G. Kurath, K. A. Naish, and Paige F. B. Ferguson. 2020. “Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus Specialization In A Multihost Salmonid System”. Evolutionary Applications 13 (8): 1841-1853+.
Katz, G., P. T. Leisnham, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2020. “Aedes Albopictus Body Size Differs Across Neighborhoods With Varying Infrastructural Abandonment”. Journal Of Medical Entomology 57 (2): 615-619+.
Fischhoff, Ilya R., Tao Huang, Stephen K. Hamilton, Barbara A. Han, Shannon L. LaDeau, Richard S. Ostfeld, Emma J. Rosi, and Christopher T. Solomon. 2020. “Parasite And Pathogen Effects On Ecosystem Processes: A Quantitative Review”. Ecosphere 11 (5). Wiley. doi:10.1002/ecs2.3057.
Turner, Monica G., John Calder, Graeme Cumming, Terry Hughes, Anke Jentsch, Shannon L. LaDeau, Timothy Lenton, et al. 2020. “Climate Change, Ecosystems And Abrupt Change: Science Priorities”. Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 375: 20190105. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0105.
Belinsky, Kara L., Troy C. Ellick, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2019. “Using A Birdfeeder Network To Explore The Effects Of Suburban Design On Invasive And Native Birds”. Avian Conservation And Ecology 14 (2). Resilience Alliance, Inc.. doi:10.5751/ace-01408-140202.
Leisnham, Paul T., Brandon Scott, Andrew H. Baldwin, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2019. “Effects Of Detritus On The Mosquito Culex Pipiens: Phragmites And Schedonorus (Festuca) Invasion Affect Population Performance”. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health 16 (21). MDPI AG: 4118. doi:10.3390/ijerph16214118.
Fischhoff, Ilya R., Felicia Keesing, Jennifer Pendleton, Deanna DePietro, Marissa Teator, Shannon Duerr, Stacy Mowry, Ashley Pfister, Shannon L. LaDeau, and Richard S. Ostfeld. 2019. “Assessing Effectiveness Of Recommended Residential Yard Management Measures Against Ticks”. Journal Of Medical Entomology 56 (5). Oxford University Press (OUP): 1420-1427. doi:10.1093/jme/tjz077.
Biehler, Dawn, Paul Leisnham, Shannon L. LaDeau, and Danielle Bodner. 2019. “Knowing Nature And Community Through Mosquitoes: Reframing Pest Management Through Lay Vector Ecologies”. Local Environment 24 (12). Informa UK Limited: 1119-1135. doi:10.1080/13549839.2019.1681387.
Bodner, Danielle, Shannon L. LaDeau, and Paul Leisnham. 2018. “Relationships Among Immature-Stage Metrics And Adult Abundances Of Mosquito Populations In Baltimore, Md”. Journal Of Medical Entomology 56 (1): 192 - 198. doi:10.1093/jme/tjy185.
Biehler, Dawn, Joel Baker, John-Henry Pitas, Yinka Bode-George, Rebecca C. Jordan, Amanda Sorensen, S. Wilson, et al. 2018. “Beyond “The Mosquito People”: The Challenges Of Engaging Community For Environmental Justice In Infested Urban Spaces”. In The Palgrave Handbook Of Critical Physical Geography, 295 - 318. Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71461-5_14.
Stefopoulou, Angeliki, George Balatsos, Angeliki Petraki, Shannon L. LaDeau, Dimitrios Papachristos, and Antonios Michaelakis. 2018. “Reducing Aedes Albopictus Breeding Sites Through Education: A Study In Urban Area”. Plos One 13 (11): e0202451. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202451.
Goodman, Heather, A. Egizi, Dina M. Fonseca, Paul Leisnham, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2018. “Primary Blood-Hosts Of Mosquitoes Are Influenced By Social And Ecological Conditions In A Complex Urban Landscape”. Parasites & Vectors 11. doi:10.1186/s13071-018-2779-7.
Ferguson, Paige F. B., Rachel Breyta, Ilana Brito, Gael Kurath, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2018. “An Epidemiological Model Of Virus Transmission In Salmonid Fishes Of The Columbia River Basin”. Ecological Modelling 377: 1 - 15. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.03.002.
LaDeau, Shannon L., Barbara A. Han, Emma J. Rosi, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2017. “The Next Decade Of Big Data In Ecosystem Science”. Ecosystems 20 (2767): 274 - 283. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-016-0075-y.

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