Friday Seminar: Outbreaks of measles and other childhood infections: Deciphering the ecological clockworks
By Prof. Ottar Bjørnstad, Penn State, US.
Please note the time change!
Immunizing viral diseases usually exhibit violent, recurrent epidemics. The interepidemic intervals are sometimes predictable and sometimes erratic. In his talk, Bjørnstad will discuss a variety of historical data to show how the diverse dynamic patterns arise from a relatively simple ecological clockwork governed by the pathogen infectious period, host birth / vaccination rate, seasonality in transmission and cross-immunity among strains.
Currently a guest researcher at CEES, Ottar Bjørnstad is a Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology at Penn State, and a J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology at the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences. His research interests are in population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects. He is also an adjunct professor in statistics and carries out research in statistical ecology and in methods for analyzing spatiotemporal data.