Interspecific associations between giraffe and zebra at one of the McCowan Lab's African field sites at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
Behavioral Ecology of Infectious Disease
Our current projects investigating disease ecology focus on the health of managed, free-ranging animals and neighboring human communities through scientific-based evaluation and assessment in collaboration with the Atwill Lab, UC Davis.
Ungulate Disease Ecology in Africa
Assessing social and spatial structural pathways of multi-host pathogen transmission amongst African ungulates, mainly giraffes, in Kenya.
Epidemiological Aspects of Commensalism
Investigating transmissivity of zoonotic and enzootic pathogens in free-ranging populations of rhesus macaques based on changes in distribution, group structure, and type of conflict in respective commensal, semi-commensal, and non-commensal troops in northern India.
Utility of Fecal Scent Detection Dogs
Refining the evaluation of scent detection dogs ability to accurately detect low levels fecal contamination and associated bacterial contamination of samples collected in the field.
See Institutional Affiliations for a list of collaborative institutions.