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

Parasites Public Health Biodiversity Zoonoses Viruses Land Use Population Pesticides Infectious Disease Chiroptera Infectious Diseases Wildlife Infection Environmental Health Animals Human Health Health Food Ecosystems Pandemics Infections History Food Production Virulence Environment

Most Recent Papers

Identification of Bacillus anthracis, Brucella spp., and Coxiella burnetii DNA signatures from bushmeat

Robab Katani, Megan A. Schilling, Beatus Lyimo, Ernest Eblate, Andimile Martin, Triza Tonui, Isabella M. Cattadori, Stephen C. Francesconi, Anna Bond Estes, Dennis Rentsch, Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Samson Lyimo, Lidia Munuo, Christian K. Tiambo, Francesca Stomeo, Paul Gwakisa, Fausta Mosha, Peter John Hudson, Joram J. Buza, Vivek Kapur, 2021, Scientific Reports

Patterns and processes of pathogen exposure in gray wolves across North America

Ellen E. Brandell, Paul C. Cross, Meggan E. Craft, Douglas W. Smith, Edward J. Dubovi, Marie L.J. Gilbertson, Tyler Wheeldon, John A. Stephenson, Shannon Barber-Meyer, Bridget L. Borg, Mathew Sorum, Daniel R. Stahler, Allicia Kelly, Morgan Anderson, H. Dean Cluff, Daniel R. MacNulty, Dominique E. Watts, Gretchen H. Roffler, Helen Schwantje, Mark Hebblewhite, Kimberlee Beckmen, Peter J. Hudson, 2021, Scientific Reports

Publisher Correction

Samantha L. Rumschlag, Michael B. Mahon, Jason T. Hoverman, Thomas R. Raffel, Hunter J. Carrick, Peter J. Hudson, Jason R. Rohr, 2021, Nature Communications

From protein to pandemic

Raina K. Plowright, Peter J. Hudson, 2021, Viruses

Ecological countermeasures for preventing zoonotic disease outbreaks

Jamie K. Reaser, Arne Witt, Gary M. Tabor, Peter J. Hudson, Raina K. Plowright, 2021, Restoration Ecology

Land use-induced spillover

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

A metapopulation model of social group dynamics and disease applied to Yellowstone wolves

Ellen E. Brandell, Andrew P. Dobson, Peter J. Hudson, Paul C. Cross, Douglas W. Smith, 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Land use-induced spillover

Jamie K. Reaser, Gary M. Tabor, Daniel J. Becker, Philip Muruthi, Arne Witt, Stephen J. Woodley, Manuel Ruiz-Aravena, Jonathan A. Patz, Valerie Hickey, Peter J. Hudson, Harvey Locke, Raina K. Plowright, 2021, Parks on p. 161-178

The ecology of nipah virus in bangladesh

Clifton D. McKee, Ausraful Islam, Stephen P. Luby, Henrik Salje, Peter J. Hudson, Raina K. Plowright, Emily S. Gurley, 2021, Viruses

Group density, disease, and season shape territory size and overlap of social carnivores

Ellen E. Brandell, Nicholas M. Fountain-Jones, Marie L.J. Gilbertson, Paul C. Cross, Peter J. Hudson, Douglas W. Smith, Daniel R. Stahler, Craig Packer, Meggan E. Craft, 2021, Journal of Animal Ecology on p. 87-101

Most-Cited Papers

Pathways to zoonotic spillover

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

Ecological dynamics of emerging bat virus spillover

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

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

Emerging human infectious diseases and the links to global food production

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

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

Evolutionary history and attenuation of myxoma virus on two continents.

P Kerr, E Ghedin, J DePasse, A Fitch, Isabella Cattadori, P Hudson, D Tscharke, A Read, E Holmes, 2012, PLoS Pathogens on p. e1002950

Towards common ground in the biodiversity–disease debate

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

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

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

Breaking beta

Hamish McCallum, Andy Fenton, Peter J. Hudson, Brian Lee, Beth Levick, Rachel Norman, Sarah E. Perkins, Mark Viney, Anthony J. Wilson, Joanne Lello, 2017, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

News Articles Featuring Peter Hudson

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.

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?

MSU project to prevent bat-borne diseases wins $10 million grant

In an effort to prevent some of the world's most lethal diseases, an international research team spanning five continents and led by Montana State University will study bats in Australia, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Ghana.

The Huck tackles humanity's pressing questions

The work of the Huck Institutes includes cancer research, micro-biotical research, metabolomics research, genomics, and many other things that a layperson might not easily understand. Huck scientists are working to prevent diseases in humans, animals, and plants, working to improve crop yields, working to understand how each body responds differently to medications, and what is happening to the bee population, among many other things.

Montana State-led research project wins $10 million grant to prevent bat-borne diseases

In an effort to prevent some of the world's most lethal diseases, an international research team spanning five continents and led by Montana State University will study bats in Australia, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Ghana.