David TS Hayman, Co-Director
New analyses support there being a link between forest fragmentation in Africa and Ebola virus disease outbreaks. This work was led by Cristina Rulli and published in Scientific Reports.
A Perspective in Science highlighting the great work by Daniel Streicker at Glasgow as well as other recent advances in our knowledge regarding bats as viral reservoirs.
Our new research is the first to address the 'Out of Africa' hypothesis for the origin of lyssaviruses, the most famous of which is rabies virus. We found support for a Paleartic origin. See more in PLoS NTD.
Juan Carlos' paper, Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates: The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts, was Parasitology Editor's 'Paper of the Month'.
Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates. This analysis led by Juan Carlos Garcia Ramirez uses calibrated molecular clocks and cophylogeny to estimate the timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts, published in Parasitology.
New review of bats as hosts of viruses published in Annual Review of Virology.
Can survival analyses detect hunting pressure in a highly connected species? Lessons from straw-coloured fruit bats
New research with Ali Peel tested whether we could use survival analyses from heavily hunted, but pandemic, species to detect hunting pressure published in Conservation Biology.
New analyses led by Barbara Han to identify undiscovered filovirus hosts, including those of Ebola virus, published in PLoS NTD.
Reed Hranac, MSc, joined the group here in New Zealand and will be working with myself and Jonathan Marshall with a number of collaborators on the temporal and spatial dynamics of infectious diseases in bats. His focus will be filoviruses and white-nose syndrome. Reed did his MSc at Northern Arizona University in the US with Dr Nathan Nieto on the ecology of rodent-borne hantaviruses.