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Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau

Disease Ecologist | PhD

Expertise: biodiversity, arbovirus, urban, mosquito

2801 Sharon Turnpike; P.O. Box AB; Millbrook NY 12545-0129, USA

845 677-7600 x204

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, with the goal of reducing 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 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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Pickett, Steward T. A., Mary L. Cadenasso, Emma J. Rosi, Kenneth T Belt, Peter M. Groffman, Morgan Grove, E. Irwin, et al. 2017. “Dynamic Heterogeneity: A Framework To Promote Ecological Integration And Hypothesis Generation In Urban Systems”. Urban Ecosystems 20 (1): 1 - 14. doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0574-9.
Villena, Oswaldo, Ivana Terry, Kayoko Iwata, E.R. Landa, Shannon L. LaDeau, and Paul Leisnham. 2017. “Effects Of Tire Leachate On The Invasive Mosquito Aedes Albopictus And The Native Congener Aedes Triseriatus. Peerj 5: e3756. doi:10.7717/peerj.3756.
Breyta, Rachel, Ilana Brito, Gael Kurath, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2017. “Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus Virological And Genetic Surveillance 2000-2012”. Ecology 98 (1): 283 - 283. doi:10.1002/ecy.1634.
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.
Little, E., Dawn Biehler, Paul Leisnham, Rebecca C. Jordan, S. Wilson, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2017. “Socio-Ecological Mechanisms Supporting High Densities Of Aedes Albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) In Baltimore, Md”. Journal Of Medical Entomology 54 (5): 1183 - 1192. doi:10.1093/jme/tjx103.
Breyta, Rachel, Ilana Brito, Paige F. B. Ferguson, Gael Kurath, Kerry A. Naish, Maureen K. Purcell, Andrew R. Wargo, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2017. “Transmission Routes Maintaining A Viral Pathogen Of Steelhead Trout Within A Complex Multi-Host Assemblage”. Ecology And Evolution 7 (20): 8187 - 8200. doi:10.1002/ece3.3276.
Springer, Yuri P., David Hoekman, Pieter T. J. Johnson, Paul A. Duffy, Rebecca Hufft, David T. Barnett, B. F. Allan, et al. 2016. “Tick-, Mosquito-, And Rodent-Borne Parasite Sampling Designs For The National Ecological Observatory Network”. Ecosphere 7 (5): e01271. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1271.
Manore, Carrie, Richard S. Ostfeld, F. Agusto, H. Gaff, and Shannon L. LaDeau. 2016. “Defining The Risk Of Zika And Chikungunya Virus Transmission In Human Population Centers Of The Eastern United States”. doi:10.1101/061382.
Hoekman, David, Yuri P. Springer, Christopher M. Barker, Roberto Barrera, Mark S. Blackmore, William E. Bradshaw, Desmond H. Foley, et al. 2016. “Design For Mosquito Abundance, Diversity, And Phenology Sampling Within The National Ecological Observatory Network”. Ecosphere 7 (5): e01320. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1320.
Bodner, Danielle, Shannon L. LaDeau, Dawn Biehler, Nicole Kirchoff, and Paul Leisnham. 2016. “Effectiveness Of Print Education At Reducing Urban Mosquito Infestation Through Improved Resident-Based Management”. Plos One 11 (5): e0155011. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155011.
LaDeau, Shannon L., and Barbara A. Han. 2016. “The Emergence Of Disease Ecology”. Japanese Journal Of Zoo And Wildlife Medicine 21 (3).
Lovett, Gary M., Marissa Weiss, Andrew M. Liebhold, Thomas P. Holmes, Brian Leung, Kathleen F. Lambert, David A. Orwig, et al. 2016. “Nonnative Forest Insects And Pathogens In The United States: Impacts And Policy Options”. Ecological Applications 26 (5): 1437 - 1455. doi:10.1890/15-1176.
Jordan, Rebecca C., Steven A. Gray, Amanda Sorensen, Greg Newman, David Mellor, Greg Newman, CIndy Hmelo-Silver, Shannon L. LaDeau, Dawn Biehler, and Alycia Crall. 2016. “Studying Citizen Science Through Adaptive Management And Learning Feedbacks As Mechanisms For Improving Conservation”. Conservation Biology 30 (3): 487 - 495. doi:10.1111/cobi.12659.
Parham, P. E., J. Waldock, G. K. Christophides, D. Hemming, F. Agusto, K. J. Evans, N. Fefferman, et al. 2015. “Climate, Environmental And Socio-Economic Change: Weighing Up The Balance In Vector-Borne Disease Transmission”. Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 3709 (1665). doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0551.
LaDeau, Shannon L., B. F. Allan, Paul Leisnham, and Michael Z. Levy. 2015. “The Ecological Foundations Of Transmission Potential And Vector-Borne Disease In Urban Landscapes”. Functional Ecology 29 (7): 889 - 901. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12487.

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