Auston Marmaduke Kilpatrick

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentEcology & Evolutionary Biology Department
AffiliationsEnvironmental Studies Department
Web Site Kilpatrick Lab
OfficeA332 Earth & Marine Sciences
Campus Mail StopCBB/EE Biology
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Auston Marmaduke Kilpatrick

Research Interests

Ecology of Infectious Diseases & Population Biology

My research unites theory and empirical work to address basic and applied questions on the ecology of infectious diseases as well as population biology, evolution, climate, behavior, genetics, and conservation, and I would be excited to develop collaborations and advise graduate students in any of these areas. A key aim is to understand the underlying drivers of pathogen transmission and the impacts on host populations. My general research philosophy is to begin each project by developing a model of the system to generate hypotheses and then test these hypotheses by gathering empirical data. My current research can be divided into three general areas:

* Local determinants of pathogen transmission,
* The impact of disease on animal populations, and
* The spread of pathogens to new regions.

Much of my current work in disease ecology is focused on West Nile virus, a mosquito-transmitted pathogen that currently causes thousands of human cases each year, as well as affecting millions of animals. However, I also work on several other pathogen systems including chytridiomycosis, Lyme disease, Brucellosis, and avian influenza.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Senior Research Scientist, Consortium for Conservation Medicine

Courses Taught

Disease Ecology (BIOE 149)
Ecology (BIOE 107)
Models in Ecology and Evolution (BIOE 295)
Advanced Organismal Biology (BIOE 200B)
Undergraduate Research In Ecology And Evolutionary Biology (BIOE 183)
Quantitative Ecology (BIOE 148)