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


Publication Tags

Ecology Parasites Pathogens Animals Infection Ecosystem Infectious Disease Infectious Diseases Pathogen Biodiversity Tanzania Wolves Deserts Sheep Pneumonia Reptiles Gopherus Agassizii Immune Response Virus Population Mortality Turtles Genes Communicable Diseases Viruses

Most Recent Papers

Towards common ground in the biodiversity–disease debate

Jason Rohr, Peter Hudson, 2019, Naturew Ecology & Evolution on p. 1-10

Microbial Diversity in Bushmeat Samples Recovered from the Serengeti Ecosystem in Tanzania

Robab Katani, Megan A. Schilling, Beatus Lyimo, Triza Tonui, Isabella M. Cattadori, Ernest Eblate, Andimile Martin, Anna B. Estes, Teresia Buza, Dennis Rentsch, Karen W. Davenport, Blake T. Hovde, Samson Lyimo, Lydia Munuo, Francesca Stomeo, Christian Tiambo, Jessica Radzio-Basu, Fausta Mosha, Peter J. Hudson, Joram J. Buza, Vivek Kapur, 2019, Scientific reports

Emerging human infectious diseases and the links to global food production

Jason Rohr, Peter Hudson, 2019, on p. 445

Complex immune responses and molecular reactions to pathogens and disease in a desert reptile (Gopherus agassizii)

K. Kristina Drake, Christina M. Aiello, Lizabeth Bowen, Rebecca L. Lewison, Todd C. Esque, Kenneth E. Nussear, Shannon C. Waters, Peter J. Hudson, 2019, Ecology and Evolution on p. 2516-2534

Assessing risk factors for trypanosome infections in cattle in wildlife interface areas in Northern Tanzania

Kevin Ngongolo, Peter Hudson, 2019, Journal of Infectious Dissease Epidemiology on p. 1-10

The slow dynamics of mycoplasma infections in a tortoise host reveal heterogeneity pertinent to pathogen transmission and monitoring

C. M. Aiello, T. C. Esque, K. E. Nussear, P. G. Emblidge, P. J. Hudson, 2019, Epidemiology and Infection

Pastoral production is associated with increased peste des petits ruminants seroprevalence in northern Tanzania across sheep, goats and cattle

C. M. Herzog, W. A. de Glanville, B. J. Willett, T. J. Kibona, I. M. Cattadori, V. Kapur, P. J. Hudson, J. Buza, S. Cleaveland, O. N. Bjørnstad, 2019, Epidemiology and Infection

The ecology of movement and behaviour

Kezia Manlove, Christina Aiello, Pratha Sah, Bree Cummins, Peter John Hudson, Paul C. Cross, 2018, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Estimating distemper virus dynamics among wolves and grizzly bears using serology and Bayesian state-space models

Paul C. Cross, Frank T. van Manen, Mafalda Viana, Emily S. Almberg, Daniel Bachen, Ellen E. Brandell, Mark A. Haroldson, Peter J. Hudson, Daniel R. Stahler, Douglas W. Smith, 2018, Ecology and Evolution on p. 8726-8735

Associating sex-biased and seasonal behaviour with contact patterns and transmission risk in Gopherus agassizii

C. M. Aiello, T. C. Esque, K. E. Nussear, Patrick Geoffrey Emblidge, Peter John Hudson, 2018, Behaviour on p. 585-619

Most-Cited Papers

Does biodiversity protect humans against infectious disease?

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

The effect of vaccination on the evolution and population dynamics of Avian Paramyxovirus-1

Yee Ling Chong, Abinash Padhi, Peter John Hudson, Mary Poss, 2010, PLoS Pathogens on p. 1-11

Climate change and infectious diseases

Xavier Rodó, Mercedes Pascual, Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, Alexander Gershunov, Dáithí A. Stone, Filippo Giorgi, Peter J. Hudson, James Kinter, Miquel Àngel Rodríguez-Arias, Nils Ch Stenseth, David Alonso, Javier García-Serrano, Andrew P. Dobson, 2013, Climatic Change on p. 625-640

Generating super-shedders

Sandra Lass, Peter J. Hudson, Juilee Thakar, Jasmina Saric, Eric Harvill, Réka Albert, Sarah E. Perkins, 2013, Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Parasite invasion following host reintroduction

Emily S. Almberg, Paul C. Cross, Andrew P. Dobson, Douglas W. Smith, Peter J. Hudson, 2012, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on p. 2840-2851

Spatio-temporal dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep

E. Frances Cassirer, Raina K. Plowright, Kezia R. Manlove, Paul C. Cross, Andrew P. Dobson, Kathleen A. Potter, Peter J. Hudson, 2013, Journal of Animal Ecology on p. 518-528

Unraveling the disease consequences and mechanisms of modular structure in animal social networks

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

Sin Nombre hantavirus decreases survival of male deer mice

Angela D. Luis, Richard J. Douglass, Peter John Hudson, James N. Mills, Ottar N. Bjornstad, 2012, Oecologia on p. 431-439

Multiannual patterns of influenza A transmission in Chinese live bird market systems

Kim M. Pepin, Jia Wang, Colleen T. Webb, Gavin J.D. Smith, Mary Poss, Peter J. Hudson, Wenshan Hong, Huachen Zhu, Steven Riley, Yi Guan, 2013, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses on p. 97-107

Eight challenges in modelling disease ecology in multi-host, multi-agent systems

Michael G. Buhnerkempe, Mick G. Roberts, Andrew P. Dobson, Hans Heesterbeek, Peter J. Hudson, James O. Lloyd-Smith, 2015, Epidemics on p. 26-30

News Articles Featuring Peter Hudson

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.

Listening to your gut: A powerful new tool on the microbiome and cell metabolism

Many aspects of our lives — not only the presence or absence of certain diseases, but conditions like obesity, sleep patterns, even mood — may be determined, to a surprising extent, by the microbes living inside of us.

Livestock disease risk tied to herd management style in Tanzania

A new study provides an updated picture of the prevalence of the sheep and goat plague virus (PPRV), a widespread and often fatal disease that threatens 80 percent of the world’s sheep and goats, in Northern Tanzania.

Project to prevent bat-borne diseases receives $10 million funding

In an effort to prevent the spread of some of the world's most lethal diseases, an international research team spanning five continents and including scientists from Penn State will study bats in Australia, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Ghana.

5,000 Gray Wolves Are Better Than None

The Trump administration has decided that they are no longer endangered. Does that decision endanger the species?