Courtney Murdock

Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
Joint appointment: Dept. of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine

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Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Department of Entomology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University

Ph.D. in Resource Ecology & Management, School of Natural Resources and the Environment University of Michigan

B.S. in Biology, Spanish Literature Minor, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Research Interests

One of the main drivers of vector-borne disease transmission is the ecology of the insect vector. Changes in climate and land use alter ecological relationships vectors have with their hosts and pathogens and parasites, resulting in shifts in transmission. Our research applies ecological and evolutionary theory to better understand the host-vector-pathogen interaction, key environmental drivers of transmission, and how environmental change will affect vector-borne disease transmission.

Selected Publications

Evans, M.V., Murdock, C.C., and J.M. Drake. Anticipating emerging mosquito-borne flaviviruses in the United States: What comes after Zika? Trends in Parasitology (in press).

Johnson, L.R., Gramacy, R.B., Cohen, J., Mordecai, E., Murdock, C.C., Rohr, J., Ryan, S.J., Stewart, A.M., and D. Weikel. Phenomenological forecasting of disease incidence using heteroskedastic Gaussian processes: a dengue case study. Annals of Applied Statistics (in press).

Willard, K.A., Demakovsky, L., Tesla, B., Goodfellow, F.T., Stice, S.L. Murdock, C.C., & M.B. Brindley. Zika virus exhibits lineage-specific phenotypes in cell culture, in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, and in an embryo model. Viruses (2017). doi: 10.3390/v9120383.

Murdock, C.C., Evans, M.V., McClanahan, T., Miazgowicz, K., and B. Tesla (2017) Fine-scale variation in microclimate across an urban landscape shapes variation in mosquito population dynamics and the potential of Aedes albopictus to transmit arboviral disease. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005640.

Mordecai, E.A., Cohen, J.M., Evans, M.E., Gudapati, P., Johnson, L.R., Lippi, C.A., Miazgowicz, K., Murdock, C.C., Rohr, J.R., Ryan, S.J., Savage, V., Shocket, M.S., Ibarra, A.S., Thomas, M.B., and D.P. Weikel (2017) Detecting the impact of temperature on transmission of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya using mechanistic models. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005568.

Murdock, C.C., Luckhart, S., and L.J. Cator (2017) Immunity, host physiology, and behaviour in infected vectors. Current Opinion in Insect Science. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.03.001

Evans, M.V., Dallas, T.A., Han, B.A., Murdock, C.C., and J.M. Drake (2017). Data-driven identification of potential Zika virus vectors. eLife. doi: 10.7554/eLife.22053;

Shragai, T., Tesla, B., Murdock, C.C., and L.C. Harrington (2017). Zika and chikungunya: mosquito-borne viruses in a changing world. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1111/nyas. 13306

Shapiro, L.L., Murdock, C.C., Jacobs, G.R., Thomas, R.J., and M.B. Thomas (2016).  Larval food quantity affects the capacity of adult mosquitoes to transmit human malaria.  Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series B.