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Ecological synthesis: a case study of West Nile Virus spread in Texas bird communities

Abstract

West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne virus of birds, emerged in North
America in 1999; the invading strain was then displaced within a few
years by a novel mutant. In order to understand this competitive
displacement event, and to predict transmission of WNV in bird
communities comprising hundreds of species, we collected data on bird
and mosquito infections, bird community composition, and mosquito biting
preferences from lab experiments, field observations, and
citizen-science databases. We use a Bayesian framework, including a
method for phylogenetic imputation applied to species with missing data,
to synthesize information across the entire disease life cycle and
throughout the community.

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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
School of Computational Science and Engineering

Hamilton Hall, Room 218
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24116
Graduate Email Inquiries:
graduate@math.mcmaster.ca

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