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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Dr. Lindsay Campbell

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Lindsay Campbell

Assistant Professor

Spatial Ecology
lcampbell2@ufl.edu

I am interdisciplinary research scientist with a focus on the spatial ecology of medically important arthropod vectors. My research focuses on investigating distributions, abundances, and functional connectivity of vector species. I use a variety of tool sets to investigate these questions, including geographic information systems and remotely-sensed satellite imagery, and I draw from methods developed in the fields of distributional ecology, landscape ecology, and landscape genetics.

Identifying the potential distribution of medically important vector species provides a first step toward understanding where pathogen transmission may occur. Several factors influence vector distributions, including broad-scale climatic factors, such as temperature and precipitation patterns, and local biotic habitats, including land use and cover. Changes in vector distributions may result from a variety of sources, including movement of vector species into new geographic regions, human disturbance to the landscape, and climate change. Advances in modeling approaches facilitate prediction of vector species distributions across geographic areas, and outputs from these models produces maps showing where there may be suitable habitats for a species to survive. These maps can be used to inform veterinary and public health agencies, along with vector control districts, to help improve surveillance efforts.  

In addition to identifying vector distributions, several vector-borne and zoonotic disease systems experience periodic escalations in disease incidence, referred to as epizootics. Often, these periods result in large-scale outbreaks in spillover hosts, such as humans or livestock. The periodic nature of these events indicate that disease system components must converge in a specific way for widespread transmission to occur. In many cases epizootic potential links closely to environmental conditions that impact vector densities and abundances. Modeling approaches that incorporate field collected abundance data and remotely sensed environmental variables, such as temperature and precipitation, can identify environmental precursors that contribute to high vector densities and abundances, providing critical information about where and when potential transmission may occur.

The field of landscape genetics combines population genetics with landscape ecology to investigate genetic differentiation and diversity across the landscape. A key component to these analyses is identifying the influence of environmental variables on observed patterns. This approach is ideal for spatial vector ecology because understanding patterns of functional connectivity, or “the degree to which landscapes impede or facilitate species movements,” provides the opportunity to delineate patterns in vector populations, while gaining knowledge regarding environmental drivers that contribute to connectivity. Modeling approaches that utilize molecular genetic data with landscape topography, land use and land cover, and climate variables can reveal patterns across geographic areas. This information can be used to inform vector control strategies, work toward interventions, and inform public health agencies of potential pathogen transmission risk.

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Lindsay Campbell

Assistant Professor

Spatial Ecology
lcampbell2@ufl.edu

  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2016
  • M.S., Geography, Michigan State University, 2011
  • B.A., Geography, Michigan State University, 2008
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Lindsay Campbell

Assistant Professor

Spatial Ecology
lcampbell2@ufl.edu

  • Campbell LP, Peterson AT, Samy AM, Yañez-Arenas C. 2018. Climate Change and Disease. Climate Change and Biodiversity. Ed. Thomas Lovejoy and Lee Hannah. Yale University Press. IN PRESS.
  • Cossaboom C, Khaiseb S, Haufiku B, Katjiuanjo P, Kannyinga A, Mbai K, Shuro T, Hausiku J, Miller LA, Agolory S, Vieira AR, Salzer J, Bower WA, Campbell LP, Kolton C, Gary J, Bollweg B, Zaki S, Hoffmaster A, Walke H. IN REVIEW. Successful Public Health Outcome Following Anthrax Epizootic in Wildlife in Bwabwata National Park– Namibia, 2017. Emerg Infect Dis.
  • Cossaboom CM, Kharod GA, Salzer JS, Tiller RV, Campbell LP, Wu K, Negrón ME, Ayala N, Radowicz J, Shuford J, Stonecipher S. Notes from the Field: Brucella abortus Vaccine Strain RB51 Infection and Exposures Associated with Raw Milk Consumption — Wise County, Texas, 2017. (2018). MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 67:286.
  • Peterson AT, Campbell LP, Brown RM. (2017). Typhoon frequency and intensity across the Western Pacific Ocean north of the Equator, 1951 – 2014. China Scientific Data. 2:4.
  • Ingenloff K, Hensz CM, Anamza T, Barve V, Campbell LP, Cooper JC, Komp E, Jimenez L, Olson KV, Osorio-Olvera L, Owens HL, Peterson AT, Samy AM, Simões M, Soberón J. (2017). Predictable invasion dynamics in North American populations of Eurasian collared dove Streptopelia decaoct. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., 284:20171157.
  • Pileggi SM, Jordan H, Clennon JA, Whitney E, Benbow ME, Merritt R, McIntosh M, Kimbirauskas R, Small P, Boakye D, Quaye C, Qi J, Campbell LP, Gronseth J, Ampadu E, Opare W, Waller LA.(2017). Landscape and environmental influences on Mycobacterium ulcerans distribution among aquatic sites in Ghana. PLoS ONE, 12(4):e0176375.
  • Peterson AT, Campbell LP, Moo-Llanes D, Travi B, C González, Ferro MC, Ferreira GEM, Filho SB, Cupolillo E, Ramsey J, Leffer AMC, May AP, Shaw JJ. Influences of climate change on the potential distribution of Lutzomyia longipalpis sensu lato (Psychodidae: Phlebotominae). (2017). International Journal for Parasitology, 47:667-674.
  • Campbell LP & Alexander AM. (2017). Landscape genetics of Aedes mcintoshi (Diptera: Culicidae), an important vector of Rift Valley fever virus in Northeastern Kenya. J Med Entomol, 54(5): 1258-1265.
  • Gurgel-Gonçalves R, Komp ED, Campbell LP, Khalighifar A, Mellenbruch J, Mendonça VJ, Owens HL, de la Cruz Felix K, Peterson AT, Ramsey JM. (2017). Automated Identification of Insect Vectors of Chagas Disease in Brazil and Mexico: The Virtual Vector Lab. PeerJ, DOI 10.7717/peerj.3040.
  • Qiao J, Peterson AT, Campbell LP, Soberón J, Ji L, Escobar LE. (2016). NicheA: Creating Virtual Species and Ecological Niches in Multivariate Environmental Scenarios. Ecography, 39: 001 – 009.
  • Campbell LP, Finley AO, Benbow ME, Gronseth J, Small P, Johnson RC, Sopoh GE, Merritt RM, Williamson H, Qi J. (2015). Spatial Analysis of Anthropogenic Landscape Disturbance and Buruli Ulcer Disease in Benin. PLoS Neglect Trop D, 9: 1-21.
  • Peterson, AT, and Campbell LP. (2015). Scientific Note: Global potential distribution of the mosquito Aedes notoscriptus, a new alien species in the United States. J Vector Ecol, 40: 191-194.
  • Campbell, LP, Luther C, Peterson AT. (2015) Climate Change Influences on Global Vector Distributions for Dengue and Chikungunya Viruses. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 370: 20140135.
  • Manthey, JD, Campbell, LP, Saupe, EE, Soberon, J, Hensz CM, Myers, CE, Owens HL, Ingenloff K, Peterson AT, Barve N, Lira-Noriega A, Barve, V. (2015). A Test of Niche Centrality as a Determinant of Population Trends and Conservation Status in Threatened and Endangered North American Birds. Endang Species Res, 26: 201-208.
  • Samy AM, Campbell, LP, Peterson, AT. (2014). Leishmaniasis Transmission: Distribution and Coarse-resolution Ecology of Two Vectors and Two Parasites in Egypt. Rev Soc Bras Med Tro, 47: 57-62.
  • Owens, HL, Campbell, LP, Dornak, LL, Saupe, EE, Barve, N, Soberón, J, Ingenloff K, Lira-Noriega A, Hensz C, Meyers CE, Peterson, AT. (2013). Constraints on Interpretation of Ecological Niche Models by Limited Environmental Ranges on Calibration Areas. Ecol Model, 263: 10-18.
  • Qi J, Campbell LP, van Ravensway J, Finley AO, Merritt RM, Benbow ME (2013). Buruli Ulcer Disease: The Unknown Environmental and Social Ecology of a Bacterial Pathogen. Ecologies and Politics of Health. Routlege, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY.
  • Van Ravensway J, Benbow ME, Tsonis AA, Pierce SJ, Campbell LP, Fyfe JA, Hayman JA, Johnson PDR, Wallace JR, Qi J. (2012). Climate and Landscape Factors Associated with Buruli Ulcer Incidence in Victoria, Australia. PloS ONE, 7: e51074.
  • Williamson, HR, Benbow M., Campbell LP, Johnson C., Sopoh G, Barogui Y, Merritt RM, Small PLC. (2012). Detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans in the Environment Predicts Prevalence of Buruli Ulcer in Benin. PLoS Neglect Trop D, 6: e1506.
  • Stevens, K, Campbell L, Urquhart G, Kramer D, Qi JG. (2011). Examining Complexities of Forest Cover Change During Armed Conflict on Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast. Biodivers Conserv, 20: 2597-2613.
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Barry Alto

Associate Professor

Mosquito Ecology - Disdease Transmission
bwalto@ufl.edu
Appointments, Awards, and Professional Service:
  • 2016-present, Editorial Board, Entomological Society of America (Environmental Entomology).
  • 2015-present, Board of Directors (Member-at-Large), Florida Mosquito Control Association.
  • 2014, Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
  • 2011-2014, Editorial Board (served as chair in 2014), Entomological Society of America (Journal of Medical Entomology).
  • 2011-2014, Faculty Assembly representative, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
  • 2014-present, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Faculty Research Advisory Group, University of Florida.