Event Title

P-15 Managing White-nose Syndrome in Bats: A Spatially Dynamic Modeling Approach

Start Date

3-8-2019 2:30 PM

Description

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a rapidly spreading fungal disease that has caused unprecedented mass mortality among hibernating North American bat populations. Many control strategies are in development, but nothing is known about the impact of seasonal bat dispersal on those potential interventions. We study the spatial dynamics of WNS by posing and analyzing a two-patch model that incorporates five promising WNS treatment methods. We find that optimum management decisions must take interpopulation movement into account, and show that the effects of dispersal depend on both the control combination and the primary mode of disease transmission.

Acknowledgments

Supervising Professor: Shandelle M. Henson

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Mar 8th, 2:30 PM

P-15 Managing White-nose Syndrome in Bats: A Spatially Dynamic Modeling Approach

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a rapidly spreading fungal disease that has caused unprecedented mass mortality among hibernating North American bat populations. Many control strategies are in development, but nothing is known about the impact of seasonal bat dispersal on those potential interventions. We study the spatial dynamics of WNS by posing and analyzing a two-patch model that incorporates five promising WNS treatment methods. We find that optimum management decisions must take interpopulation movement into account, and show that the effects of dispersal depend on both the control combination and the primary mode of disease transmission.