Dr. Luis Escobar

Fish and Wildlife Conservation

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 current and future distribution of biodiversity (including parasites and invasive species) under diverse land use and climate change conditions. I’m particularly interested in global health, ecosystem health, wildlife epidemiology, conservation biology, neglected diseases, and conservation medicine. In my work, I collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines. I’m always interested in new collaborations, particularly from fields of ecology, public health, social sciences, and mathematics.

Ongoing global change projects include the role of invasive species in disease transmission to native species, the effects of climate change on the burden of vector-borne diseases, and the development of methods to assess the impacts of global change effects on biodiversity.

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Recent Publications

Qiao H, Escobar LE, Peterson AT. Accessible areas in ecological niche comparisons of invasive species: Recognized but still overlooked. Scientific Reports; 2017;7: 1–24. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01313-2.

Escobar LE, Kurath G, Escobar-Dodero J, Craft ME, Phelps NBD. Potential distribution of the viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus in the Great Lakes region. Journal of Fish Diseases. 2017;40: 11–28. doi:10.1111/jfd.12490.

Romero-Alvarez D, Escobar LE. Vegetation loss and the 2016 Oropuche fever outbreak in Peru. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2017;112: 292–298.

Escobar LE, Qiao H, Lee C, Phelps NBD. Novel methods in disease biogeography: A case study with Heterosporosis. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 2017;4: 105. doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00105.

Romero-Alvarez D, Escobar LE, Varela S, Larkin DJ, Phelps NBD. Forecasting distributions of an aquatic invasive species (Nitellopsis obtusa) under future climate scenarios. Chiang T-Y, editor. PLoS ONE. 2017;12: e0180930. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0180930.

Lepe-Lopez MA, Davila M, Canet M, Escobar LE. Distribución de Aedes aegypti y Aedes albopictus en Guatemala 2016. Ciencia, Tecnología y Salud. 2017; In press.

Velasco-Villa A, Mauldin MR, Shi M, Escobar LE, Gallardo-Romero NF, Damon I, et al. The history of rabies in the Western Hemisphere. Antiviral Research. 2017; doi:10.1016/j.antiviral.2017.03.013.

Romero-Alvarez D, Peterson AT, Escobar LE. Fatiga de vigilancia (fatigatio vigilantiae) durante epidemias. Revista Chilena de Infectología. 2017;34: 289–292.

Qiao H, Escobar LE, Saupe EE, Ji L, Soberón J. A cautionary note on the use of hypervolume kernel density estimators in ecological niche modelling. Glob Ecol Biogeogr. 2016; In press. doi:10.1111/geb.12492.

Escobar LE, Romero-Alvarez DA, Leon R, Lepe-Lopez MA, Craft ME, Borbor-Cordoba MJ, et al. Declining prevalence of disease vectors under climate change. Scientific Reports. 2016;6: 39150. doi:10.1038/srep39150.