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 Tanzania Sheep Pneumonia Ecosystem Ecosystems Infection Pesticides Biodiversity Pathogens Animals Goats Infectious Disease Ecology Wolves Population Size Ovis Canadensis Cattle Peste Des Petits Ruminants Virus Communicable Diseases Mortality Infectious Diseases Body Size Population Zoonoses

Most Recent Papers

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

Consistent effects of pesticides on community structure and ecosystem function in freshwater systems

Samantha L. Rumschlag, Michael B. Mahon, Jason T. Hoverman, Thomas R. Raffel, Hunter J. Carrick, Peter J. Hudson, Jason R. Rohr, 2020, Nature Communications

Peste des petits ruminants Virus Transmission Scaling and Husbandry Practices That Contribute to Increased Transmission Risk

Catherine M. Herzog, William A. de Glanville, Brian J. Willett, Isabella M. Cattadori, Vivek Kapur, Peter J. Hudson, Joram Buza, Emmanuel S. Swai, Sarah Cleaveland, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, 2020, Viruses

Molecular species identification of bushmeat recovered from the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania

Megan A. Schilling, Anna B. Estes, Ernest Eblate, Andimile Martin, Dennis Rentsch, Robab Katani, Asteria Joseph, Fatuma Kindoro, Beatus Lyimo, Jessica Radzio-Basu, Isabella M. Cattadori, Peter J. Hudson, Vivek Kapur, Joram J. Buza, Paul S. Gwakisa, 2020, PLoS One

Presence of segmented flavivirus infections in North America

Kurt J. Vandegrift, Arvind Kumar, Himanshu Sharma, Satyapramod Murthy, Laura D. Kramer, Richard Ostfeld, Peter J. Hudson, Amit Kapoor, 2020, Emerging Infectious Diseases on p. 1810-1817

Investigating the dynamics of elk population size and body mass in a seasonal environment using a mechanistic integral projection model

Shelly Lachish, Ellen E. Brandell, Meggan E. Craft, Andrew P. Dobson, Peter J. Hudson, Daniel R. Macnulty, Tim Coulson, 2020, American Naturalist on p. E24-E45

Identifying age cohorts responsible for peste des petits ruminants virus transmission among sheep, goats, and cattle in northern Tanzania

C. M. Herzog, W. A. de Glanville, B. J. Willett, I. M. Cattadori, V. Kapur, P. J. Hudson, J. Buza, E. S. Swai, S. Cleaveland, O. N. Bjørnstad, 2020, Viruses

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

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

Evolutionary history and attenuation of myxoma virus on two continents.

Peter Kerr, Elodie Ghedin, Jay DePasse, Adam Fitch, Isabella Cattadori, Peter Hudson, David Tscharke, Andrew Read, Edward Holmes, 2012, PLoS Pathogens

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

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

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

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

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

Pneumonia in bighorn sheep

E. Frances Cassirer, Kezia R. Manlove, Emily S. Almberg, Pauline L. Kamath, Mike Cox, Peregrine Wolff, Annette Roug, Justin Shannon, Rusty Robinson, Richard B. Harris, Ben J. Gonzales, Raina K. Plowright, Peter J. Hudson, Paul C. Cross, Andrew Dobson, Thomas E. Besser, 2018, Journal of Wildlife Management on p. 32-45

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

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.

Ecologists share their passion for nature in these winning images

There are plenty of nature photography competitions throughout the year, but few honor those who both work in the field and are talented photographers. The British Ecological Society annual photo competition stands out from the rest because every image was taken by an ecologist or a student studying ecology. Most of the photographs represent the particular person's area of expertise/study.