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University Park, PA 16802
My research investigates the impact of human activity on the ecology of wildlife communities. I am specifically interested in landscape and population changes such as development, fragmentation, and translocation, and their potential to alter population structure, social networks, and disease dynamics.
Mycoplasma agassizii infection and transmission in desert tortoises
Aiello CM, Esque, TC, Nussear, KE, Emblidge PG, Hudson PJ. (2017). Associating sex-biased and seasonal behavior with contact patterns and transmission risk in Gopherus agassizii. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Aiello CM, Nussear KE, Esque TC, Emblidge PG, Sah P, Bansal S, Hudson PJ. (2016). Host contact and shedding patterns clarify variation in pathogen exposure and transmission in threatened tortoise Gopherus agassizii: implications for disease modeling and management . Journal of Animal Ecology, 85:829-842. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12511
Aiello CM, Nussear KE, Walde AD, Esque TC, Emblidge PG, Sah P, Bansal S, Hudson PJ. (2014). Disease dynamics during wildlife translocations: disruptions to the host population and potential consequences for transmission in desert tortoise contact networks. Animal Conservation, 17: 27-39. doi: 10.1111/acv.12147
Emblidge PG, Nussear KE, Esque TC, Aiello CM, Walde AW. (2015). Severe mortality of a population of threatened Agassizii's desert tortoises: the American badger as a potential predator. Endangered Species Research, 28:109-116.
Sah, P., Nussear, K.E., Esque, T.C., Aiello, C.M., Hudson, P.J., and Bansal, S. (2016). Inferring social structure and its drivers from refuge use in the desert tortoise, a relatively solitary species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 12277-12289. doi: