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Katie Richgels

Title: Branch Chief, Applied Wildlife Health Research
Phone: 608-270-2450

Education and/or Training

B.S. 2005 University of Wisconsin - Madison Wildlife Ecology
Cert. 2006 University of Wisconsin - Madison GIS
Ph.D. 2014 University of Colorado at Boulder Ecology and Evolution

Areas of Specialization and or Research Interests

Disease ecology
Spatial ecology and GIS

Professional Experience

2016 – Present Applied Wildlife Health Research Branch Chief, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison WI
2016 – 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, and University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison WI
2014 – 2011 Graduate Research Fellow, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
2011 – 2008 Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO  
2006 –2007 Spatial Analyst, First American Spatial Solutions, Madison WI

Professional Involvement

Ecological Society of America

Bsal Task Force, Decision Support Team

Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens, Invasive pathogens subcommittee

Selected Publications

Richgels, K.L.D., R.E. Russell, G.M. Bron, T.E. Rocke. 2016. Evaluation of Yersinia pestis transmission pathways for sylvatic plague in black-tailed prairie dogs in the Western U.S. EcoHealth 13:415–427. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-016-1133-9.

Richgels, K.L.D.., R.E. Russell, M.J. Adams, E.H.C. Grant, C.L. White. 2016. Spatial risk assessment of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans introduction and infection of United States salamanders. Royal Society Open Science 3:150616.

Richgels, K.L.D.., J.T. Hoverman, P.T.J. Johnson. 2013. Evaluating the role of regional and local processes in structuring a larval trematode metacommunity of Helisoma trivolvis. Ecography 36:854-863. DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.07868.x

Peterson, A.C., K.L.D. Richgels, P.T.J. Johnson, and V.J. McKenzie. 2013. Investigating the dispersal routes used by an invasive amphibian, Lithobates catesbeianus, in human-dominated landscapes. Biological Invasions 15:2179-2191. DOI 10.1007/s10530-013-0442-y.

Johnson, P.T.J., D.L. Preston, J.T. Hoverman, K.L.D. Richgels. 2013. Biodiversity reduces disease through functional changes in host community composition. Nature 494:230-233.

Hoverman, J.T., J.R. Mihaljevic, K.L.D. Richgels, J.L. Kirby, P.T.J. Johnson. 2012. Widespread co-occurrence of virulent pathogens within California amphibian communities. EcoHealth 9:288-292.

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