Boris Valentijn Schmid

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Room 2405
Visiting address Kristine Bonnevies hus
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

The evolutionary and ecological dynamics of human diseases, particularly those with a wildlife reservoir. Tools of the trade are statistical methods and simulation modelling. Data comes from surveillance work and various proxies, including historic records of human outbreaks. Currently working on Yersinia pestis, which is the canonical example of a wildlife disease that sporadically erupted into grave pandemics in humans.


Tags: Plague, Ecology, Rodents, History, Epidemiology, Ancient DNA, Evolution, China


on the topic of plague:

  • Boris V. Schmid, Ulf Büntgen, W. Ryan Easterday, Christian Ginzler, Lars Walløe, Barbara Bramanti, and Nils Chr. Stenseth. "Climate-driven introduction of the Black Death and successive plague reintroductions into Europe." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America  (2015). (pdf)
  • Xu, Lei, Boris V. Schmid, Jun Liu, Xiaoyan Si, Nils Chr Stenseth, and Zhibin Zhang. "The trophic responses of two different rodent–vector–plague systems to climate change." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282, no. 1800 (2015). (pdf) (supp)

  • Xu Lei, Leif Chr Stige, Kyrre Linné Kausrud, Tamara Ben Ari, Shuchun Wang, Xiye Fang, Boris V. Schmid, Qiyong Liu, Nils Chr Stenseth, and Zhibin Zhang. "Wet climate and transportation routes accelerate spread of human plague." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, no. 1780 (2014): 20133159. (pdf) (supp)

  • Schmid, B. V., M. Jesse, L. I. Wilschut, H. Viljugrein, and J. A. P. Heesterbeek. "Local persistence and extinction of plague in a metapopulation of great gerbil burrows, Kazakhstan." Epidemics 4, no. 4 (2012): 211-218. (pdf)


Previous work that is hard to get access to:

  • Schmid, B. V., C. Kęsmir, R. J. de Boer, C. Kesmir, and R. J. de Boer. 2010. “Quantifying How MHC Polymorphism Prevents Pathogens from Adapting to the Antigen Presentation Pathway.” Epidemics 2 (3): 99–108. (for colleagues: request full-text copy for personal use).

    This work is also available as Chapter 4 (page 51 onwards) in my thesis "Limits of viral adaptation to the antigen presentation pathway" (pdf)


Published Sep. 9, 2012 12:20 PM - Last modified Nov. 23, 2017 1:41 PM