Wildlife Loss

Large Herbivore Effects on Tick and Tick-borne Disease in the Tehachapi Mountains, CA

Identifying and understanding synergies between multiple aspects of global change is a research and conservation priority. This challenge is addressed by exploring the interactive effects of climate change and faunal turnover on a critical ecosystem function, control of infectious disease. This study uses a large-scale field exclosure experiment, replicated across a strong regional climate gradient, to mechanistically examine the effects of large wildlife loss, and the addition of livestock, on tick abundance, prevalence of tick-borne disease, and disease risk, under a range of climatic conditions.

Ph.D. Student
Infectious Disease Ecology, Population Ecology

Devyn is now a postdoctoral researcher at the USDA-ARS Eastern Oregon Ag Research Center.