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Sara Paull, PhD

Assistant Professor


Sara Paull
Dr. Sara Paull is a disease ecologist whose research addresses questions at the interface of ecology and public health. She is broadly interested in studying how interactions between humans, animals, and the environment influence infectious disease risk. Much of her research focuses on how climate change could affect pathogen transmission. She takes an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approach to research questions, typically using a combination of mechanistic laboratory, mesocosm, and field experiments as well as modeling and statistical analysis of large-scale datasets. Her current work in the West Nile virus system is focused on developing a mechanistic understanding of the drivers of weather-disease linkages, and improving predictive models of how risk will shift in the future.
Research Interests:
  • Vector-borne disease
  • Climate and health
  • Biodiversity and disease
  • West Nile virus ecology
  • Ecology of macro-parasite infections
Key Publications:

  • Paull S.H., D.E. Horton, M. Ashfaz, D. Rastogi, N.S. Diffenbaugh, and A.M. Kilpatrick. (2017). Drought and immunity determine the intensity of West Nile virus epidemics and climate change impacts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284. 

  • Paull S.H., T.R. Raffel, B.E. Lafonte, and P.T.J. Johnson. (2015). How temperature shifts affect parasite production: Testing the roles of thermal stress and acclimation. Functional Ecology, 29. 941-950. 

  • Paull S.H., and P.T.J. Johnson. (2014). Experimental warming drives a seasonal shift in the timing of host-parasite dynamics with consequences for disease risk. Ecology Letters, 17. 445-453.  

  • Paull S.H., B.E. LaFonte, and P.T.J. Johnson. (2012). Temperature-driven shifts in a host-parasite interaction drive nonlinear changes in disease risk. Global Change Biology, 18. 3558-3567.  

  • Paull S.H., S. Song, K.M. McClure, L.C. Sackett, A.M. Kilpatrick and P.T.J. Johnson. (2012). From superspreading hosts to disease hotspots: Linking transmission across hosts and space. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10. 75-82. 

Education:
  • PhD, University of Colorado, 2012
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 2005
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