Peter Hudson

Former Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Willaman Professor of Biology

Peter Hudson

Research Summary

Population dynamics of infectious diseases in wildlife and the dynamics of parasite community structure.

Huck Affiliations


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Viruses Chiroptera Biodiversity Zoonoses Animals Public Health Infectious Diseases Ecology Food Coronavirus Infectious Disease Population Health Environmental Health Food Production Communicable Diseases Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Disease Outbreaks Water Agriculture Infection Pandemics Land Use Animal Structures Bat

Most Recent Publications

Jamie K. Reaser, Rohit A. Chitale, Gary M. Tabor, Peter J. Hudson, Raina K. Plowright, 2024, Health security on p. 74-81

Grizzly bears in spring: sedges and the Khutzeymateen

Peter Hudson, 2023,

Gioelle Passoni, Tim Coulson, Francesca Cagnacci, Peter Hudson, Daniel R. Stahler, Douglas W. Smith, Shelly Lachish, 2023, Ecology

The social cat: lion social; behavior in prides and coalitions

Mary Fick, Peter Hudson, Hannah Kokinda, 2023,

The strange sexual behavior and fascinating biology of the spotted hyaena

Peter Hudson, Mary Fick, 2023,

The hidden stories of a non so hidden animal

Amanda Monahan, Peter Hudson, Hannah Kokinda, 2023,

Peggy Eby, Alison J. Peel, Andrew Hoegh, Wyatt Madden, John R. Giles, Peter J. Hudson, Raina K. Plowright, 2023, Nature on p. 340-344

The rainbow bird: Lilac Breasted Roller

Peter Hudson, 2022,

Ellen E. Brandell, Madeline K. Jackson, Paul C. Cross, Antoinette J. Piaggio, Daniel R. Taylor, Douglas W. Smith, Belgees Boufana, Daniel R. Stahler, Peter J. Hudson, 2022, PLoS One

Sarah Cubaynes, Ellen E. Brandell, Daniel R. Stahler, Douglas W. Smith, Emily S. Almberg, Susanne Schindler, Robert K. Wayne, Andrew P. Dobson, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Daniel R. MacNulty, Paul C. Cross, Peter J. Hudson, Tim Coulson, 2022, Science

Most-Cited Papers

Raina K. Plowright, Colin R. Parrish, Hamish McCallum, Peter J. Hudson, Albert I. Ko, Andrea L. Graham, James O. Lloyd-Smith, 2017, Nature Reviews Microbiology on p. 502-510

Raina K. Plowright, Peggy Eby, Peter J. Hudson, Ina L. Smith, David Westcott, Wayne L. Bryden, Deborah Middleton, Peter A. Reid, Rosemary A. McFarlane, Gerardo Martin, Gary M. Tabor, Lee F. Skerratt, Dale L. Anderson, Gary Crameri, David Quammen, David Jordan, Paul Freeman, Lin Fa Wang, Jonathan H. Epstein, Glenn A. Marsh, Nina Y. Kung, Hamish McCallum, 2014, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Jason R. Rohr, Christopher B. Barrett, David J. Civitello, Meggan E. Craft, Bryan Delius, Giulio A. DeLeo, Peter J. Hudson, Nicolas Jouanard, Karena H. Nguyen, Richard S. Ostfeld, Justin V. Remais, Gilles Riveau, Susanne H. Sokolow, David Tilman, 2019, Nature Sustainability on p. 445-456

Chelsea L. Wood, Kevin D. Lafferty, Giulio DeLeo, Hillary S. Young, Peter J. Hudson, Armand M. Kuris, 2014, Ecology on p. 817-832

Jason R. Rohr, David J. Civitello, Fletcher W. Halliday, Peter J. Hudson, Kevin D. Lafferty, Chelsea L. Wood, Erin A. Mordecai, 2020, Nature Ecology and Evolution on p. 24-33

Raina Plowright, Jamie Reaser, Harvey Locke, Stephen Woodley, Jonathan Patz, Daniel Becker, Gabriel Oppler, Peter Hudson, Gary Tabor, 2021, The Lancet Planetary Health on p. e237-e245

Eric Salazar, 23 names , Suresh Kuchipudi, Isabella Cattadori, Paul Christensen, Todd Eagar, Xin Yi, Picheng Zhao, Zhicheng Jin, S. Long, Randall Olsen, Jian Chen, Brian Castillo, Christopher Leveque, Dalton Towers, Jason Lavinder, Jimmy Gollihar, Jose Cardona, Gregory Ippolito, Ruth Nissly, Ian Bird, Denver Greenawalt, Randall Rossi, Abhinay Gontu, Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Indira Poojary, I Cattadori, Peter J. Hudson, Nicole Josleyn, Laura Prugar, Kathleen Huie, Andrew Herbert, David Bernard, John Dye, Vivek Kapur, James Musser, 2020, Journal of Clinical Investigation on p. 6728-6738

Pratha Sah, Stephan T. Leu, Paul C. Cross, Peter J. Hudson, Shweta Bansal, 2017, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 4165-4170

Suresh V. Kuchipudi, Meera Surendran-Nair, R Ruden, M Yon, R Nissly, Kurt J. Vandegrift, R Nelli, Lingling Li, Bhushan Jayarao, Costas D. Maranas, N Levine, K Willgert, Andrew J.K. Conlan, Conlan AJK, R Olsen, J Davis, J Musser, Peter John Hudson, Vivek Kapur, 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Manuel Ruiz-Aravena, Clifton McKee, Amandine Gamble, Tamika Lunn, Aaron Morris, Celine E. Snedden, Claude Kwe Yinda, Julia R. Port, David Buchholz, Yao Yu Yeo, Christina Faust, Elinor Jax, Lauren Dee, Devin N. Jones, Maureen K. Kessler, Caylee Falvo, Daniel Crowley, Nita Bharti, Cara E. Brook, Hector C. Aguilar, Alison J. Peel, Olivier Restif, Tony Schountz, Colin R. Parrish, Emily S. Gurley, James O. Lloyd-Smith, Peter J. Hudson, Vincent J. Munster, Raina K. Plowright, 2021, Nature Reviews Microbiology on p. 299-314

News Articles Featuring Peter Hudson

Testing 58 wildlife species for SARS-CoV-2 among goals of $4.5M USDA grant

A team of researchers has received a $4.5 million grant to test wild animals for SARS-CoV-2 with a goal of monitoring for potential spillback to humans.

To prevent next pandemic research suggests we need to restore wildlife habit

Preserving and restoring natural habitats in specific locations could prevent pathogens that originate in wildlife from spilling over into domesticated animals and humans, according to new research led by an international team of researchers, including Penn State.

Back to black? Canine Distemper Virus outbreaks influence North American wolves’ coat colors

The further south you go, down from Arctic Canada towards the Rocky Mountains, the more black wolves you find; however, their distribution is sporadic. Why are there areas across North America where black coat coloration is common or absent within wolf populations?

Why Are There So Many Black Wolves In Yellowstone?

Historically, most wolves are grey — or white in the far north — whereas black is not a natural color amongst wolves. But Yellowstone is truly exceptional in this regard: almost half of its wolves are black.

Wolf coat color reflects immunity to canine distemper virus, new study finds

The prevalence of black wolves versus gray wolves increases southward along the Rocky Mountain crest in North America, and the reason why has long puzzled scientists. Now, a team including researchers from Penn State, has found that not only does coat color reflect an animal’s immunity to canine distemper virus (CDV), but the changes in the proportion of black wolves may be due to changes in the frequency of CDV disease outbreaks, coupled with the mating behavior of the wolves and whether they select a mate with the same or a different coat color to themselves.

Disease has influenced wolf colors across North America

Scientists have long been puzzled by the fact that, across the North American continent, wolves tend to change their coat color: while in the Arctic Canada and other northern areas wolves tend to be grey, in the south, most of them are black.

Metabolomics Core Facility continues to expand while pushing scientific bounds

Established nearly a decade ago, Penn State’s Metabolomics Core Facility is housed in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences on the University Park campus.

Omicron-Infected Whitetail Deer Detected in New York

The first cases of whitetail deer carrying the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus have been discovered in Staten Island, New York. Researchers there report that 19 of 131 deer sampled between December 12, 2021, and Janauary 31, 2022, tested positive for the virus’ antibodies, indicating prior exposure to the coronavirus. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swab testing of 68 deer revealed that seven were actively infected, with at least four of those confirmed to be Omicron.

Deer may be reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, study finds

The findings of a study by Penn State and Iowa researchers suggest that white-tailed deer may be a reservoir for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to continually circulate, and raises concerns of emergence of new strains that may prove a threat to wildlife and, possibly, to humans.

Wolf social group dynamics matter for infectious disease spread, models suggest

By modeling wolves in Yellowstone National Park, researchers have discovered that how a population is organized into social groups affects the spread of infectious diseases within the population. The findings may be applicable to any social species and could be useful in the protection of endangered species that suffer from disease outbreaks.