Welcome!

Hello everyone!  We are a lab based in Bozeman, MT studying disease ecology and pathogen spillover and we would like to do our part to communicate about the science of pathogens and disease.  With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we have decided to use social media platforms to relay important information about coronavirus research as relevant findings are made. Because we are a Montana-based group, our posts will be tailored specifically to reach out to Montana residents, though most of the information presented will be useful for people outside of Montana as well.  Every couple of days you will see 3-5 posts from our social media platforms about a given coronavirus topic and we encourage you to reach out to us and ask questions or give us feedback on what you’d like to see in the future! Please follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/BznDzEco, like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/BznDzEco/ , and look for updates on our blog montanacovid19.blog!

 

Blog Mission:

The current COVID-19 pandemic has shocked public health systems around the world, including here in Montana.  Scientists are constantly releasing new research and recommendations about the virus, which can be difficult to understand and incorporate into your daily life.  As a disease ecology lab studying pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 at Montana State University, we believe we can offer a critical public service during these uncertain times by synthesizing scientific information as it is released and presenting it to you on this platform.  The various sections on this blog have been carefully researched and presented to help you understand more about this virus and, in doing so, show you how each and every one of us can help slow the pandemic and perhaps prepare for future pandemics. 

Who are we?

The Bozeman Disease Ecology Lab is a science lab at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. We study subjects including pathogen spillover, wildlife health, disease modeling, and much more. We feel that our specific scientific background with bats and pathogen spillover from bat populations (including coronaviruses and henipaviruses) gives us a unique perspective on the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 crisis which we can use in this public service. To see more about our research, please visit this site: http://bzndiseaselab.org/

Lab Members and Blog Contributors:

  • Brooklin Hunt - Undergraduate Student at Montana State University
  • Will Rogers - Undergraduate Student at Montana State University
  • Caylee Falvo - PhD Student at Montana State University
  • Dan Crowley - PhD Student at Montana State University
  • Devin Jones - PhD Candidate at Montana State University
  • German Botto - PhD Student at Montana State University
  • Maureen Kessler - Phd Student at Montana State University
  • Ellen Brandell - PhD Candidate at Pennsylvania State University
  • Alex Washburn - Postdoctoral Fellow at Montana State University
  • Manuel Ruiz Aravena - Postdoctoral Fellow at Montana State University
  • Raina Plowright - Assistant Professor at Montana State University (Principal Investigator)