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

Viruses Biodiversity Chiroptera Parasites Infectious Disease Public Health Zoonoses Ecosystem Animals Carbon Cycle Infectious Diseases Wildlife Population Coronavirus Effect Infection Human Health Immunity Pesticide Food Deer Land Use Change Community Structure Food Production Predation

Most Recent Publications

Katriina Willgert, Xavier Didelot, Meera Surendran-Nair, Suresh V. Kuchipudi, Rachel M. Ruden, Michele Yon, Ruth H. Nissly, Kurt J. Vandegrift, Rahul K. Nelli, Lingling Li, Bhushan M. Jayarao, Nicole Levine, Randall J. Olsen, James J. Davis, James M. Musser, Peter J. Hudson, Vivek Kapur, Andrew J.K. Conlan, 2022, Scientific Reports

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

Clifton D. McKee, Ausraful Islam, Mohammed Ziaur Rahman, Salah Uddin Khan, Mahmudur Rahman, Syed M. Satter, Ariful Islam, Claude Kwe Yinda, Jonathan H. Epstein, Peter Daszak, Vincent J. Munster, Peter J. Hudson, Raina K. Plowright, Stephen P. Luby, Emily S. Gurley, 2022, Emerging Infectious Diseases on p. 1384-1392

Manuel Ruiz-Aravena, Clifton McKee, Amandine Gamble, Tamika Lunn, Aaron Morris, Celine E. Snedden, Claude Kwe Yinda, Julia R. Port, David W. 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, 2022, Nature Reviews Microbiology on p. 315

Suresh V. Kuchipudi, Meera Surendran-Nair, Rachel M. Ruden, Michele Yon, Ruth H. Nissly, Kurt J. Vandegrift, Rahul K. Nelli, Lingling Li, Bhushan M. Jayarao, Costas D. Maranas, Nicole Levine, Katriina Willgert, Andrew J.K. Conlan, Randall J. Olsen, James J. Davis, James M. Musser, Peter John Hudson, Vivek Kapur, 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Pesticides alter ecosystem respiration via phytoplankton abundance and community structure: Effects on the carbon cycle?

Samantha L. Rumschlag, Dale A. Casamatta, Michael B. Mahon, Jason T. Hoverman, Thomas R. Raffel, Hunter J. Carrick, Peter J. Hudson, Jason R. Rohr, 2022, Global Change Biology on p. 1091-1102

Fostering landscape immunity to protect human health: A science-based rationale for shifting conservation policy paradigms

Jamie K. Reaser, Brooklin E. Hunt, Manuel Ruiz-Aravena, Gary M. Tabor, Jonathan A. Patz, Daniel Becker, Harvey Locke, Peter J. Hudson, Raina K. Plowright, 2022, Conservation Letters

Ellen E. Brandell, Paul C. Cross, Douglas W. Smith, Will Rogers, Nathan L Galloway, Daniel R. MacNulty, Daniel R. Stahler, John Treanor, Peter J. Hudson, 2022, Journal of Animal Ecology

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

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

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

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

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

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

Climate change and infectious diseases: Can we meet the needs for better prediction?

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

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

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.

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.