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The impact of anthropogenic landscapes on wildlife-pathogen dynamics

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 Land clearing for the expansion of urban and agricultural areas inevitably leads to the loss and fragmentation of native habitat.  Wildlife species capable of surviving in fragmented habitats are often required to adapt aspects of their behavioural ecology which can lead to an increased interaction not only within species but also between species, including with domestic animals and humans. At this interface, the risk of disease transmission between wildlife and humans is increased. My research aims to investigate pathogen exposure, and where possible pathogen shedding, in a common native mammal living in human landscapes.  This will enable an understanding of the role of native wildlife in the epidemiology of these pathogens and how this is impacted by the human environments in which they live. 

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