When to vaccinate a fluctuating wildlife population: is timing everything?
By: Courtney Schreiner    Email:  firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Town: Kennewick, Washington    High School: Kennewick High School
Major: Math:Applied-Mathematical Biol
College: College of Science
Investigating how important timing of vaccination is
I am an Undergrad working in Scott Nuismer’s lab. Here in Scott’s lab we use mathematics to investigate disease dynamics and how we can help prevent the further spread of diseases. Recently, I finished a project along with Andrew Basinski, a post doc in Scott’s lab. This project aimed to discover if timing of vaccination matters in wildlife populations. Specifically, does timing matter in populations that drastically change in size throughout the year. This study could be important in implementing vaccination campaigns in applications where vaccines/resources are limited.
We found through mathematical modeling that timing of vaccination does indeed matter and the optimal time appears to be at the end of the hosts breeding season. This is due to the fact that the probability of vaccinating individuals is highest when the population is biggest. If you vaccinate too early, then susceptible individuals will be introduced into the population and be at risk of infection. Vaccinate too late, and most of the population may have already been infected. Read more in my paper here.
|Publication||When to vaccinate a fluctuating wildlife population: Is timing everything?||November 16, 2019||https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13539|
Additional Project Information:
Year in College Project Started:  Sophomore
Faculty Advisor:   Scott  Nuismer
Faculty Advisor Email:   email@example.com
Faculty Advisor Website:   https://www.leeef.org/
Funding Source:  National Science Foundation