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
May 2018: Congrats to Jaime Boulos (AVS capstone student), who has been granted admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. We wish her success in her future studies and career!
April 2018: Stephanie Shea, Jaime Boulos, and Carly Dickson all presented posters at the UMaine Student Symposium on April 19th (Cross Insurance Center, Bangor). Shea and Boulos presented on LPDV in wild turkeys, and Dickson presented preliminary work on a study examining tick-borne pathogens in moose.
April 2018: Stephanie Shea and Olivia Choi both received grants from the UMaine Graduate Student Government!