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Elizabeth Harp
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Graduate Degree Program in Ecology - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO  80523

I received my bachelor's degree in 2004 from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.  After working for a year as a research assistant for Sonia Altizer at Emory University, I came to Colorado State University (CSU) to pursue a PhD.  I am currently a graduate student in the NSF-funded IGERT Program for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Ecology, and Statistics (PRIMES) and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE).

I am broadly interested in wildlife disease ecology* as it relates to biological conservation. A few of the topics I find particularly fascinating include anthropogenic causes of pathogen spread, synergistic effects of pollutants and pathogens, parasite regulation of host populations, the the evolutionary dynamics of host-parasite relationships.

As an undergraduate I researched transmission of Ranavirus in wood frogs at Tulula Wetland in the mountains of North Carolina.  I am currently investigating how the pathogen persists between outbreaks.

My dissertation research is focused on parasite community dynamics and the genetics of disease resistance in black-tailed prairie dogs on the Short Grass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research Site in eastern Colorado.

* What is disease ecology?  Click here to find out!


Miller-Rushing, A. J., E. M. Harp, and J. F. Dukes (2007) Fresh perspectives on timeless questions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 5:334-335

Petranka, J. W., E. M. Harp, C. T. Holbrook, and J. A. Hamel (2007) Long-term persistence of amphibian populations in a restored wetland complex.  Biological Conservation. 138:371-380

Harp, E. M., and J. W. Petranka (2006) Ranavirus in wood frogs (Rana sylvatica): potential sources of transmission within and between ponds.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 42:307-318.

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