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Luis E. Escobar, Assistant Professor


D.V.M., San Carlos University, Guatemala (2009)
M.Sc., Wildlife Mgmt, San Carlos University, Guatemala (2011)
M.Sc., Veterinary Sci, Andres Bello University, Chile (2012)
Ph.D., Cons. Medicine, Andres Bello University, Chile (2014)

Email: escobar1@vt.edu
Office: 344 Latham Hall
Lab: 340 Latham Hall
Phone: (540) 232-8454
Website: http://ecoguate2003.wixsite.com/escobar

 


Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
310 West Campus Drive
Virginia Tech,Cheatham Hall, Room 101 (MC 0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on the occurrence of diseases in space and time from a one-health perspective, including human, animal, and ecosystem health. I use biogeographic approaches for the understanding of the ecology of biodiversity (including parasites and invasive species) under diverse land use and climate change conditions. I'm particularly interested in disease ecology, pathology, parasitology, spatial epidemiology, wildlife epidemiology, biological conservation, invasion biology, ecological niche modeling, neglected diseases, human-dimension in epidemiology, remote sensing, and conservation medicine. In my work, I collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines following the one-health and conservation medicine approaches. I'm always interested in new collaborations, particularly from fields of biogeography, macroecology, disease ecology, and ecological niche modeling.

Select Recent Publications:

  • Escobar LE, Carver S, Romero-Alvarez D, VandeWoude S, Crooks KR, Lappin MR, Craft ME. Inferring the niche of environmentally transmitted pathogens: Toxoplasma gondii and Bartonella spp. In wild felids. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. In press.
  • Fountain-Jones NM, Pearse WD, Escobar LE, Alba-Calas A, Carver S, Davies TJ, Kraberger S, Papes M, Vandergrift K, Worsley-Tonks K, Craft ME. Towards an eco-phylogenetic framework for infectious disease ecology. Biological Reviews. In press.
  • Escobar LE, Mallez S, McCartney M, Lee C, Zielinski DP, Ghosal R, Sorensen PW, Bajer PG, Wagner C, Nash B, Tomamichel M, Venturelli P, Mathai P, Kokotovich A, Escobar-Dodero J, Phelps N. Aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes region: An overview. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture. 10.1080/23308249.2017.1363715. In press. (IF 2.032)
  • Escobar LE, Qiao H, Lee C, Phelps NBD. Novel methods in disease biogeography: A case study with heterosporosis. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 4, 105.
  • Velasco-Villa A, Escobar LE, Sanchez A, Gallard N, Vargas-Pino F, Gutierrez-Cedillo V, Damon I, Emerson G. Successful strategies implemented towards the elimination of canine rabies in the Western Hemisphere. Antiviral Research. 143, 1-12.
    • Escobar LE, Romero-Alvarez D, Leon R, Lepe-López MA, Craft ME, Borbor-Cordova MJ, Svenning JC (2016) Declining prevalence of disease vectors under climate change. Scientific Reports. 6, 39150.
  • Escobar LE & Craft ME (2016) Advances and limitations of disease biogeography using ecological niche modeling. Frontiers in Microbiology. 7, 1174.
  • Escobar LE, Qiao H & Peterson AT (2016) Forecasting Chikungunya spread in the Americas via data-driven, empirical approaches. Parasites & Vectors. 9, 112. (IF 3.234)
  • Qiao H, Escobar LE, Saupe EE, Ji L & Soberón J (2016) A cautionary note on the use of hypervolume kernel density estimators in ecological niche modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography. In press.
  • Qiao H, Peterson AT, Campbell LP, Soberón J, Ji L & Escobar LE (2016) NicheA: Creating virtual species and ecological niches in multivariate environmental scenarios. Ecography. 39: 805-813.
    • Escobar LE, Awan MN & Qiao H (2015) Anthropogenic disturbance and habitat loss for the red-listed Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus): Using ecological niche modeling and nighttime light satellite imagery. Biological Conservation. 191, 400-407.
  • Escobar LE, Ryan SJ, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Finkelstein JL, King CA, Qiao H & Polhemus ME (2015) A global map of suitability for coastal Vibrio cholerae under current and future climate conditions. Acta Tropica. 149, 202-211.
  • Escobar LE, Lira-Noriega A, Medina-Vogel G & Peterson AT (2014) Potential for spread of White-nose fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) in the Americas: Using Maxent and NicheA to assure strict model transference. Geospatial Health. 11, 221-229.
  • de Oliveira SV, Escobar LE, Peterson AT & Gurgel-Gonçalves R (2013) Potential geographic distribution of hantavirus reservoirs in Brazil. PLoS ONE. 8, e85137.
    • Escobar LE, Peterson AT, Favi M, Yung V, Pons DJ & Medina-Vogel G (2013) Ecology and geography of transmission of two bat-borne rabies lineages in Chile. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 7, e2577.

    Last updated October, 2017