Hudson to present on 'The Ecology of Infectious Diseases'

April 07, 2009

The biology degree program and the Biology Club will sponsor a seminar by Peter Hudson titled "The Ecology of Infectious Diseases," at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel at Penn State Altoona.

Hudson is the director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the Willaman Professor of Biology at Penn State's University Park campus. He received his D.Phil from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and moved from the University of Stirling to Penn State in 2003. His work investigates the dynamics of infectious disease in wildlife, how diseases spread through wild animal populations and how they impact host dynamics. He demonstrated that parasites are the cause of population cycles in red grouse, and showed how parasites shared between hosts can lead to localized host extinction. More recently he has been investigating how parasites interact through the host's immune system to cause variation in susceptibility and transmission.

Hudson has published more than 200 scientific papers and four books on the ecology of infectious disease. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.



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