Julie A. Blanchong

 

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate (former)
 

Currently:
Assistant Professor: Iowa State University
 
 

 

 

Research Interests

My research focuses on the ecology of wildlife diseases. I am particularly interested in using epidemiology and genetics to understand the relationship between wildlife behavior and social and spatial structure and the transmission and distribution of disease.

My research included:

1. Chronic wasting disease ecology in free-ranging white-tailed deer
a. Spatial analysis of factors affecting the harvest of white-tailed deer to control chronic wasting disease (link)
b. Evaluation of the probability of CWD transmission between deer during breeding interactions (link)
c. Investigation of the relationship between complement gene variability and vulnerability to CWD (link)
d. Landscape genetic characterization of deer population spatial structure to understand how deer population structure and movement will influence the spatial spread of CWD (link)
 
2. Avian cholera ecology
a. Wetland environmental conditions associated with outbreaks of avian cholera and abundance of the causative bacteria, Pasteurella multocida
b. Multi-species patterns of avian cholera mortality among waterfowl
c. Persistence of P. multocida in wetlands following avian cholera outbreaks
 
 
Education
Ph.D., “Genealogical relationships influence the probability of infection with bovine tuberculosis and microgeographic genetic stucture in free-ranging white-tailed deer”, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, Michigan State University, 2003.

M.S., “Nocturnal and diurnal rhythms in the unstriped Nile rat, Arvicanthis niloticus“, Department of Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, Michigan State University, 1999.

B.S., Department of Biology, Bowling Green State University, 1995.

 

Publications
Blanchong, J.A., K.T. Scribner, A.N. Kravchenko, and S.R. Winterstein. 2007. TB-infected deer are more closely related than non-infected deer. Biology Letters 3:103-105.

Blanchong, J.A., M.D. Samuel, and G.F. Mack. 2006. Multi-species patterns of avian cholera mortality in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42:81-91.

Blanchong, J.A., M.D. Samuel, D.R. Goldberg, D.J. Shadduck, and M.A. Lehr. 2006. Persistence of Pasteurella multocida in wetlands following avian cholera outbreaks. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42:33-39.
 
Blanchong, J.A., D.O. Joly, M.D. Samuel, J.A. Langenberg, R.E. Rolley, and J.F. Sausen. 2006. White-Tailed Deer Harvest from the Chronic Wasting Disease Eradication Zone in South-Central Wisconsin. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:725-731.
 
Blanchong, J.A., M.D. Samuel, D.R. Goldberg, D.J. Shadduck, and L.H. Creekmore. 2006. Wetland environmental conditions associated with the risk of avian cholera and abundance of Pasteurella multocida. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:54-60.

Blanchong, J.A., B.K. Epperson, S.R. Winterstein, and K.T. Scribner. 2006. Changes in artificial feeding regulations impact white-tailed deer spatial genetic structure. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1037-1043.
 
Joly, D.O., M.D. Samuel, J.A. Langenberg, J.A. Blanchong. C.A. Batha, R.E. Rolley, D.P. Keane, and C.A. Ribic. 2006. Spatial epidemiology of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42:578-588.
 
Scribner, K.T., J.A. Blanchong, D.J. Bruggeman, B.K. Epperson, C.-Y. Lee, Y.-W. Pan, R.I. Shorey, B. Williams, H.H. Prince, S.R. Winterstein, and D.R. Lukkonen. 2005. Geographical genetics: conceptual foundations and empirical applications of spatial genetic data in wildlife management. Journal of Wildlife Management 69:1434-1453.
 
Blanchong, J.A., K.T. Scribner, and S.R. Winterstein. 2002. Assignment of individuals to populations: Bayesian methods and multilocus genotypes. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:321-329.

Blanchong, J. and L. Smale. 2000. Temporal patterns of activity of the unstriped Nile rat, Arvicanthis niloticus, in its natural habitat. Journal of Mammalogy 81:595-599.
Jakob, E., J. Blanchong, M. Popson, K. Sedey, and M. Summerfield. 2000. Ontogenetic shifts in the cost of living in large groups: focal observations of a pholcid spider (Holocnemus pluchei). American Midland Naturalist 143:405-413.

Blanchong, J., T. McElhinny, M. Mahoney, and L. Smale. 1999. Noctural and diurnal rhythms in the unstriped Nile rat, Arvicanthis niloticus. Journal of Biological Rhythms 14:364-377.

Blanchong, J., M. Summerfield, and E. Jakob. 1996. Chivalry in pholcid spiders revisited. Journal of Arachnology 23:165-170.

 

Manuscripts in review or preparation
Blanchong, J.A., Sorin, A.B., and K.T. Scribner. Impacts of habitat fragmentation and population isolation on white-tailed deer demography, behavior and genetics. In preparation.

Sorin, A.B., J.A. Blanchong, and K.T. Scribner. Social behavior explains microgeographic genetic structure in white-tailed deer. In preparation.

 

Presentations
A landscape genetics approach to understanding the spatial distribution of CWD in Wisconsin, Inter-agency Science and Health Planning Team, January 2006.
 
Chronic wasting disease research in Wisconsin, Guest lecture in Ecological Principles Applied to Wildlife, November 2005.
 
Genetic variation in complement system genes and resistance to chronic wasting disease in free-ranging white-tailed deer, Inter-agency Science and Health Planning Team, August 2005.
 
Wildlife disease ecology, Presentation to the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Undergraduate Honors & Research Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2005.
 
Multi-species patterns of avian cholera mortality in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin, North American Arctic Goose Conference, January 2005.

Spatial changes in chronic wasting disease prevalence patterns between 2002-2003, Inter-agency CWD Science and Health Planning Team, December 2004.      

Spatial aspects of disease dynamics, Guest lecture in Metapopulations, December 2004.

Chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, Guest lecture in Ecological Principles Applied to Wildlife, November 2004.

Spatial heterogeneity in deer removal from the chronic wasting disease eradication zone of south-central Wisconsin, Wildlife Society Conference, September 2004.

Environmental conditions associated with isolation of avian cholera bacteria from North American Wetlands, Wildlife Society Conference, September 2004.

Spatial patterns of deer removal from the chronic-wasting disease management zone in south-central Wisconsin, Presentation to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources & Inter-agency CWD Science and Health Planning Team, March 2004.