Coffee Hour: Just when you thought you were safe ...

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Refreshments are offered at 3:30 p.m. in the E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building

Just when you thought you were safe... the ecology and challenges of emerging diseases




About the speaker

hudson peterPeter Hudson is the director of the The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and The Willaman Professor of Biology at Penn State.
He earned his B.Sc from The University of Leeds and his D.Phil from Magdalen College, Oxford University where he worked in the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, part of The Department of Zoology.
He investigates the dynamics of infectious disease in wildlife, how diseases spread through wild animal populations and how they impact host dynamics. He undertakes revealing field experiments and applies theory to understand how parasites interact with their hosts, other natural enemies and climatic conditions to affect the dynamics of hosts. He demonstrated that parasites are the cause of population cycles in red grouse, and showed how parasites shared between hosts can lead to localized host extinction. More recently he has been investigating how parasites interact through the host’s immune system to cause variation in susceptibility and transmission.  He is currently investigating zoonotic infections in Italy and Pennsylvania and is working on Big Horned Sheep and mange infections of Wolves in Montana.
He has published more than 200 scientific papers and 4 books on the ecology of infectious disease. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008 and Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Scotland in 2010.  He won The Carlton Herman Award from the U.S. Wildlife Disease Association in 2005 and the Laurent Perrier Award for Game Conservation in 1985. In 2002, he was named an honorary member of the British Falconers Club in recognition of his research on grouse and their natural enemies. Dr. Hudson is also the founding director of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and a faculty affiliate of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. He moved to the USA from the University of Stirling to Penn State in 2002.
His passion is Biology and he spends his spare time photographing animals and plants but also rides fast motorcycles and runs his own nature reserve.

Selected publications
1.    Hudson, P.J. Dobson, A.P. & Newborn, D.  (1998). Prevention of population cycles by parasite removal. Science  282, 2256-2258
2.    Mougeot, F., Redpath, S.M., F. Leckie & P.J. Hudson. (2003). Population cycles in space. Nature 421, 737-739
3.    Cattadori, I.M., Haydon, D. & Hudson, P.J. (2004). Parasites and climate synchronize red grouse populations. Nature. 433 737-741
4.    Lello, J. B. Boag, A. Fenton, I. R. Stevenson, & P. J. Hudson. (2004). Competition and mutualism among the gut helminths of a mammalian host. Nature. 428, 840-844
5.    Boots, M., Hudson, P.J. & Sasaki, A. (2004). Virulence in spatially structured populations.  Science 303: 842-844