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Erin LanguthEcology of Infectious Disease
University of MontanaMissoula, MT
I have a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Atmospheric Science, both from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. My current research involves disease modeling at the landscape level. I propose to develop a theoretical model that integrates the mathematics of complexity, nonlinear systems, and statistical analysis, and employs the promising new approach of cellular automata to investigate complex interactive systems. The methodology will focus on climate, ecological, and satellite variables, as well as parameters defining infection and population dynamics, imbedded in a Geographic Information System to describe and predict the spatial and temporal characteristics of disease propagation.
My most recent research focused on prairie dog management in the Montana Fort Belknap Reservation and the South Dakota Badlands National Park. This research examined the dynamics of sylvatic plague in black-tailed prairie dogs and the integration of the cellular automata modeling framework.
My hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, reading, fly-fishing, running, mountain biking, Sudoku, and birding.
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