Our lab conducts research on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in animal populations. We work across a range of wildlife species, from birds to mammals, with a focus on host-pathogen evolution and infectious disease transmission dynamics at the wildlife-livestock interface. This work involves both field and laboratory components, and multidisciplinary analyses that integrate genetic information with ecological, immunological, and epidemiological data. Some of the current wildlife disease systems we are working on include brucellosis in wildlife and livestock of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, pneumoniain wild and domestic sheep and goats, wild turkey disease ecology and evolution, anthrax in plains zebra of southern Africa, and avian pathogens in migrating and resident birds along the Palearctic-African Flyway.
For more information about our current research projects, please view our Projects page.
Bighorn sheep pneumonia
Wild turkey disease ecology
Brucellosis transmission dynamics in wildlife and livestock
Dr. Pauline Kamath Assistant Professor University of Maine School of Food & Agriculture 5735 Hitchner Hall, Rm 216 Orono, ME 04469
August 2018: Kamath, with co-PIs Wendy Turner (U-Albany) and Henriette van Heerden (U of Pretoria, RSA), is awarded an NSF-EEID grant to study the evolutionary ecology of anthrax two endemic systems of southern Africa.