Quantitative Ecological Dynamics Lab @ USF

Welcome to the Quantitative Ecological Dynamics Lab at USF

We seek to understand how individual behavior and local interactions between individuals influence population level patterns in the context of infectious disease ecology, population ecology, and behavioral ecology. Our primary tools are mathematical and statistical models. For more information on some previous and current projects, visit my research page.

I plan to accept 1 graduate student to start in the 2016/2017 academic year. If you are interested, take a look at my prospective student page.

Contact Info

Department of Integrative Biology
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave, SCA110 Tampa, FL 33620
lrjohnson (AT) usf (dot) edu

Lab News

Fall 2015
Leah is an investigator on two new grants through the NSF-NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Program! She is PI of the NIH funded project US-UK Collab: RCN: Vector Behavior in Transmission Ecology (VectorBiTE) and co-PI of the NSF funded Effects of temperature on vector-borne disease transmission: integrating theory with empirical data.

Welcome to our new lab members: Fadoua El Moustaid and Zachary Gajewski!

Spring 2015
Check out our new Albatross Project page!

Winter 2015
New paper 'Understanding uncertainty in temperature effects on vector-borne disease: A Bayesian approach." has appeared in Ecology.

New book chapter "Modeling the Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Malaria" in Analyzing and Modeling Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Infectious Diseases has appeared.

Fall 2014
Congratulations to Rachel on her new JTB paper "Seasonal forcing in a host-macroparasite system". Great Job!

Welcome to our new lab members, Philipp, Rachel, and Andrew! For more details, take a look at the People page.

New paper Experimental evolution alters the rate and temporal pattern of population growth in Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a lethal fungal pathogen of amphibians accepted to Ecology and Evolution.

Summer 2014
New Preprint Rising suitability and declining severity of malaria transmission in Africa under climate change. available on the ARXIV.

New paper Understanding uncertainty in temperature effects on vector-borne disease: A Bayesian approach has been accepted to Ecology

Fall 2013
Leah has been awarded an NSF grant: Quantifying How Bioenergetics and Foraging Determine Population Dynamics in Threatened Antarctic Albatrosses.

Leah is spending the fall as an Early Career Fellow at MBI.

20 Aug. 2013
Leah gives a talk at INTECOL 2013 on "Bayesian Inference for Dynamic Energy Budget Models".

29 Apr. 2013
Paper on "Bayesian inference for DEB models" has appeared in Ecology.

26 Oct. 2012
New malaria paper featured on the UChicago Computation Institute blog, Scale Out and in New Scientist!

11 Oct. 2012
New malaria paper has appeared!