Huck Chair of Epidemiology; Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology; Adjunct Professor in Statistics
Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects
Huck Graduate Students
- Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
- Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences
- Ecology Institute
- Microbiome Center
- Center for Mathematical Biology
- Insect Biodiversity Center
Publication TagsPandemics Influenza Temperature Epidemics Population Dynamics Testing Public Health Population Vaccination China Culicidae Coronavirus Human Influenza Immunity Disease Outbreaks Pandemic Humidity Norway Vaccines Infections Incidence Life History Diapause Anopheles Decision Making
Most Recent Papers
An integrated experimental and mathematical approach to inferring the role of food exploitation and interference interactions in shaping life history
Barbara Joncour, William A. Nelson, Damie Pak, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, 2022, Functional Ecology on p. 1098-1112
Incorporating diapause to predict the interannual dynamics of an important agricultural pest
Damie Pak, Spencer Carran, David Biddinger, Bill Nelson, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, 2022, Population Ecology
Prioritizing vaccination by age and social activity to advance societal health benefits in Norway
Ruiyun Li, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Nils Chr Stenseth, 2021, The Lancet Regional Health - Europe
Synergistic interventions to control COVID-19: Mass testing and isolation mitigates reliance on distancing.
E Howerton, M Ferrari, O Bjørnstad, T Bogich, R Borchering, C Jewell, J Nichols, Probert WJM, M Runge, M Tildesley, C Viboud, K Shea, 2021, PLoS Computational Biology on p. e1009518
A general model for the demographic signatures of the transition from pandemic emergence to endemicity
Ruiyun Li, C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Nils C. Stenseth, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, 2021, Science advances
Switching vaccination among target groups to achieve improved long-lasting benefits
Ruiyun Li, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Nils Chr Stenseth, 2021, Royal Society Open Science
The ecological dynamics of the coronavirus epidemics during transmission from outside sources when R 0 is successfully managed below one
Steinar Engen, Huaiyu Tian, Ruifu Yang, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Jason D. Whittington, Nils Chr Stenseth, 2021, Royal Society Open Science
Associations between changes in population mobility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and socioeconomic factors at the city level in China and country level worldwide
Yonghong Liu, Zengmiao Wang, Benjamin Rader, Bingying Li, Chieh Hsi Wu, Jason D. Whittington, Pai Zheng, Nils Chr Stenseth, Ottar N. Bjornstad, John S. Brownstein, Huaiyu Tian, 2021, The Lancet Digital Health on p. e349-e359
Strategic testing approaches for targeted disease monitoring can be used to inform pandemic decision-making
James D. Nichols, Tiffany L. Bogich, Emily Howerton, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Rebecca K. Borchering, Matthew Ferrari, Murali Haran, Christopher Jewell, Kim M. Pepin, William J.M. Probert, Juliet R.C. Pulliam, Michael C. Runge, Michael Tildesley, Cecile Viboud, Katriona Shea, 2021, PLoS Biology
Vaccinating children against SARS-CoV-2
Jennie S. Lavine, Ottar Bjornstad, Rustom Antia, 2021, The BMJ
An investigation of transmission control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic in China
Huaiyu Tian, Yonghong Liu, Yidan Li, Chieh Hsi Wu, Bin Chen, Moritz U.G. Kraemer, Bingying Li, Jun Cai, Bo Xu, Qiqi Yang, Ben Wang, Peng Yang, Yujun Cui, Yimeng Song, Pai Zheng, Quanyi Wang, Ottar N. Bjornstad, Ruifu Yang, Bryan T. Grenfell, Oliver G. Pybus, Christopher Dye, 2020, Science on p. 638-642
The effect of temperature on Anopheles mosquito population dynamics and the potential for malaria transmission
Lindsay M. Beck-Johnson, William A. Nelson, Krijn P. Paaijmans, Andrew F. Read, Matthew B. Thomas, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, 2013, PLoS One
Urbanization and humidity shape the intensity of influenza epidemics in U.S. cities
Benjamin D. Dalziel, Stephen Kissler, Julia R. Gog, Cecile Viboud, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Bryan T. Grenfell, 2018, Science on p. 75-79
Immunological characteristics govern the transition of COVID-19 to endemicity
Jennie S. Lavine, Ottar N. Bjornstad, Rustom Antia, 2021, Science
Spatial Transmission of 2009 Pandemic Influenza in the US
Julia R. Gog, Sébastien Ballesteros, Cécile Viboud, Lone Simonsen, Ottar N. Bjornstad, Jeffrey Shaman, Dennis L. Chao, Farid Khan, Bryan T. Grenfell, 2014, PLoS Computational Biology
Human mobility and the spatial transmission of influenza in the United States
Vivek Charu, Scott Zeger, Julia Gog, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Stephen Kissler, Lone Simonsen, Bryan T. Grenfell, Cécile Viboud, 2017, PLoS Computational Biology
The geography of spatial synchrony
Jonathan A. Walter, Lawrence W. Sheppard, Thomas L. Anderson, Jude H. Kastens, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Andrew M. Liebhold, Daniel C. Reuman, 2017, Ecology Letters on p. 801-814
Recurrent insect outbreaks caused by temperature-driven changes in system stability
William A. Nelson, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Takehiko Yamanaka, 2013, Science on p. 796-799
Quantifying seasonal population fluxes driving rubella transmission dynamics using mobile phone data
Amy Wesolowski, C. J.E. Metcalf, Nathan Eagle, Janeth Kombich, Bryan T. Grenfell, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Justin Lessler, Andrew J. Tatem, Caroline O. Buckee, 2015, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 11114-11119
Climate-driven variation in mosquito density predicts the spatiotemporal dynamics of dengue
Ruiyun Li, Lei Xu, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Keke Liu, Tie Song, Aifang Chen, Bing Xu, Qiyong Liu, Nils C. Stenseth, 2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 3624-3629
News Articles Featuring Ottar Bjornstad
Aug 23, 2021
Will COVID-19 become a mostly childhood disease?
Within the next few years, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus becomes endemic in the global population, COVID-19 may behave like other common-cold coronaviruses, affecting mostly young children who have not yet been vaccinated or exposed to the virus, according to new modeling results. Because COVID-19 severity is generally lower among children, the overall burden from this disease is expected to decline.
Aug 12, 2021
Kids may eventually be more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than adults, study finds
Researchers say young children will become more susceptible to the virus over time
Mar 17, 2021
Ottar Bjørnstad elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters
Ottar N. Bjørnstad, distinguished professor of entomology and biology and J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology at Penn State, has been elected to the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. Bjørnstad was recommended as a result of his significant contributions to the fields of population ecology and quantitative epidemiology.
Mar 09, 2021
Another common cold virus?
If it becomes endemic — circulating in the general population — and most people are exposed in childhood, SARS-CoV-2 may join the ranks of mild cold-causing coronaviruses that currently circulate in humans.
Jan 14, 2021
Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 reduces US life expectancy; Biden introduces spending plan; Pope Francis gets Pfizer vaccine
USA TODAY is keeping track of the news surrounding COVID-19 as a pair of vaccines join the U.S. fight against a virus that has killed nearly 385,000 Americans since the first reported fatality in February.
Apr 24, 2020
Two Great Valley professors awarded seed grants for COVID-19 research
Despite being limited to virtual interactions and meetings, Penn State Great Valley faculty continue to conduct innovative research. Ashkan Negahban, assistant professor of engineering management, and Satish Srinivasan, assistant professor of information science, were awarded seed grants to fund projects to help address the COVID-19 crisis.
Apr 19, 2020
Coronavirus: How CDC Lab Contamination, And A Failure To Cooperate Globally, Led To Catastrophe
By the time the WHO chief made the above remarks, it had been almost two months since the US had identified its first case of COVID-19, the illness caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Apr 06, 2020
Efforts to control livestock disease should focus on management style, not age
The risk of transmitting the virus PPRV, which produces a highly infectious and often fatal disease in sheep and goats, does not appear to vary significantly by an animal’s age, unlike its sibling virus measles, which is most prominent in children.
Mar 31, 2020
China’s control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases
China’s control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers.
Jan 09, 2020
The Virus Buried in a 100-Year-Old Lung
Scientists have managed to sequence the genome of a measles virus that infected a 2-year-old girl who died in 1912.