Meggan Craft

Associate Professor




I am an infectious disease ecologist; the broad aim of my research program is to understand infectious disease dynamics in animal and human populations. I test hypotheses regarding disease spread and consequent control through parameterizing theoretical disease models with empirical data. I am interested in two fundamental areas: (i) How are pathogens maintained in multi-host ecosystems? (ii) How does heterogeneity in population contact structure affect pathogen dynamics? My research is inherently interdisciplinary as I work at the intersection of environmental, human, and animal health.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Apply models to public health
Between-host modeling
Climate/environmental drivers
Compartmental models
Network models
Social networks/contact patterns
Spatial transmission patterns
production animal health
network model
animal health

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Pandemic influenza

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States



Binning SA, Craft ME, Zuk M, Shaw AK. (2022). How to study parasites and host migration: a roadmap for empiricists. Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

Fountain-Jones NM, Kraberger S, Gagne RB, Gilbertson MLJ, Trumbo DR, Charleston M, Salerno PE, Chris Funk W, Crooks K, Logan K, Alldredge M, Dellicour S, Baele G, Didelot X, VandeWoude S, Carver S, Craft ME. (2022). Hunting alters viral transmission and evolution in a large carnivore. Nature ecology & evolution, 6(2)

Makau DN, Lycett S, Michalska-Smith M, Paploski IAD, Cheeran MC, Craft ME, Kao RR, Schroeder DC, Doeschl-Wilson A, VanderWaal K. (2022). Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of multi-strain RNA viruses. Nature ecology & evolution

Gilbertson MLJ, Fountain-Jones NM, Malmberg JL, Gagne RB, Lee JS, Kraberger S, Kechejian S, Petch R, Chiu ES, Onorato D, Cunningham MW, Crooks KR, Funk WC, Carver S, VandeWoude S, VanderWaal K, Craft ME. (2022). Apathogenic proxies for transmission dynamics of a fatal virus. Frontiers in veterinary science, (9)

Michalska-Smith M, VanderWaal K, Craft ME. (2022). Asymmetric host movement reshapes local disease dynamics in metapopulations. Scientific reports, 12(1)

Manlove K, Wilber M, White L, Bastille-Rousseau G, Yang A, Gilbertson MLJ, Craft ME, Cross PC, Wittemyer G, Pepin KM. (2022). Defining an epidemiological landscape that connects movement ecology to pathogen transmission and pace-of-life. Ecology letters

Hundt PJ, White LA, Craft ME, Bajer PG. (2022). ): Insights from induced feeding aggregations for targeted management strategies. Ecology and evolution, 12(3)

Shaw AK, White LA, Michalska-Smith M, Borer ET, Craft ME, Seabloom EW, Snell-Rood EC, Travisano M. (2021). Lessons from movement ecology for the return to work: Modeling contacts and the spread of COVID-19. PloS one, 16(1)

Brandell EE, Cross PC, Craft ME, Smith DW, Dubovi EJ, Gilbertson MLJ, Wheeldon T, Stephenson JA, Barber-Meyer S, Borg BL, Sorum M, Stahler DR, Kelly A, Anderson M, Cluff HD, MacNulty DR, Watts DE, Roffler GH, Schwantje H, Hebblewhite M, Beckmen K, Fenton H, Hudson PJ. (2021). Author Correction: Patterns and processes of pathogen exposure in gray wolves across North America. Scientific reports, 11(1)

Gagne RB, Crooks K, Craft ME, Chiu ES, Fountain-Jones NM, Malmberg JL, Carver S, Funk WC, VandeWoude S. (2021). Parasites as conservation tools. Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology

Worsley-Tonks KEL, Gehrt SD, Miller EA, Singer RS, Bender JB, Forester JD, McKenzie SC, Travis DA, Johnson TJ, Craft ME. (2021). between urban raccoons and domestic dogs. Applied and environmental microbiology

Brandell EE, Cross PC, Craft ME, Smith DW, Dubovi EJ, Gilbertson MLJ, Wheeldon T, Stephenson JA, Barber-Meyer S, Borg BL, Sorum M, Stahler DR, Kelly A, Anderson M, Cluff HD, MacNulty DR, Watts DE, Roffler GH, Schwantje H, Hebblewhite M, Beckmen K, Hudson PJ. (2021). Patterns and processes of pathogen exposure in gray wolves across North America. Scientific reports, 11(1)

Worsley-Tonks KEL, Gehrt SD, Anchor C, Escobar LE, Craft ME. (2021). Infection risk varies within urbanized landscapes: the case of coyotes and heartworm. Parasites & vectors, 14(1)

Fountain-Jones NM, Kraberger S, Gagne RB, Trumbo DR, Salerno PE, Chris Funk W, Crooks K, Biek R, Alldredge M, Logan K, Baele G, Dellicour S, Ernest HB, VandeWoude S, Carver S, Craft ME. (2021). Host relatedness and landscape connectivity shape pathogen spread in the puma, a large secretive carnivore. Communications biology, 4(1)

Worsley-Tonks KEL, Miller EA, Anchor CL, Bender JB, Gehrt SD, McKenzie SC, Singer RS, Johnson TJ, Craft ME. (2021). Importance of anthropogenic sources at shaping the antimicrobial resistance profile of a peri-urban mesocarnivore. The Science of the total environment, (764)

Gilbertson MLJ, White LA, Craft ME. (2021). Trade-offs with telemetry-derived contact networks for infectious disease studies in wildlife. Methods in ecology and evolution, 12(1)

Balstad LJ, Binning SA, Craft ME, Zuk M, Shaw AK. (2020). Parasite intensity and the evolution of migratory behavior. Ecology

Hawley DM, Gibson AK, Townsend AK, Craft ME, Stephenson JF. (2020). Bidirectional interactions between host social behaviour and parasites arise through ecological and evolutionary processes. Parasitology

Weckworth JK, Davis BW, Dubovi E, Fountain-Jones N, Packer C, Cleaveland S, Craft ME, Eblate E, Schwartz M, Mills LS, Roelke-Parker M. (2020). Cross-species transmission and evolutionary dynamics of canine distemper virus during a spillover in African lions of Serengeti National Park. Molecular ecology, 29(22)

Driciru M, Rwego IB, Ndimuligo SA, Travis DA, Mwakapeje ER, Craft M, Asiimwe B, Alvarez J, Ayebare S, Pelican K. (2020). Environmental determinants influencing anthrax distribution in Queen Elizabeth Protected Area, Western Uganda. PloS one, 15(8)

Brandell EE, Fountain-Jones NM, Gilbertson MLJ, Cross PC, Hudson PJ, Smith DW, Stahler DR, Packer C, Craft ME. (2020). Group density, disease, and season shape territory size and overlap of social carnivores. The Journal of animal ecology

White LA, Siva-Jothy JA, Craft ME, Vale PF. (2020). Genotype and sex-based host variation in behaviour and susceptibility drives population disease dynamics. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 287(1938)

Worsley-Tonks KEL, Miller EA, Gehrt SD, McKenzie SC, Travis DA, Johnson TJ, Craft ME. (2020). Characterization of antimicrobial resistance genes in Enterobacteriaceae carried by suburban mesocarnivores and locally owned and stray dogs. Zoonoses and public health, 67(4)

Worsley-Tonks KEL, Escobar LE, Biek R, Castaneda-Guzman M, Craft ME, Streicker DG, White LA, Fountain-Jones NM. (2020). Using host traits to predict reservoir host species of rabies virus. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 14(12)

Kraberger S, Fountain-Jones NM, Gagne RB, Malmberg J, Dannemiller NG, Logan K, Alldredge M, Varsani A, Crooks KR, Craft M, Carver S, VandeWoude S. (2020). Frequent cross-species transmissions of foamy virus between domestic and wild felids. Virus evolution, 6(1)

Kozakiewicz CP, Burridge CP, Funk WC, Craft ME, Crooks KR, Fisher RN, Fountain-Jones NM, Jennings MK, Kraberger SJ, Lee JS, Lyren LM, Riley SPD, Serieys LEK, VandeWoude S, Carver S. (2020). Does the virus cross the road? Viral phylogeographic patterns among bobcat populations reflect a history of urban development. Evolutionary applications, 13(8)

White LA, VandeWoude S, Craft ME. (2020). A mechanistic, stigmergy model of territory formation in solitary animals: Territorial behavior can dampen disease prevalence but increase persistence. PLoS computational biology, 16(6)

Fountain-Jones NM, Clark NJ, Kinsley AC, Carstensen M, Forester J, Johnson TJ, Miller EA, Moore S, Wolf TM, Craft ME. (2020). Microbial associations and spatial proximity predict North American moose (Alces alces) gastrointestinal community composition. The Journal of animal ecology, 89(3)

Behdenna A, Lembo T, Calatayud O, Cleaveland S, Halliday JEB, Packer C, Lankester F, Hampson K, Craft ME, Czupryna A, Dobson AP, Dubovi EJ, Ernest E, Fyumagwa R, Hopcraft JGC, Mentzel C, Mzimbiri I, Sutton D, Willett B, Haydon DT, Viana M. (2019). Transmission ecology of canine parvovirus in a multi-host, multi-pathogen system. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 286(1899)

Fountain-Jones NM, Machado G, Carver S, Packer C, Recamonde-Mendoza M, Craft ME. (2019). How to make more from exposure data? An integrated machine learning pipeline to predict pathogen exposure. The Journal of animal ecology, 88(10)

Shaw AK, Craft ME, Zuk M, Binning SA. (2019). Host migration strategy is shaped by forms of parasite transmission and infection cost. The Journal of animal ecology, 88(10)

Fountain-Jones NM, Packer C, Jacquot M, Blanchet FG, Terio K, Craft ME. (2019). Endemic infection can shape exposure to novel pathogens: Pathogen co-occurrence networks in the Serengeti lions. Ecology letters, 22(6)

Trumbo DR, Salerno PE, Logan KA, Alldredge MW, Gagne RB, Kozakiewicz CP, Kraberger S, Fountain-Jones NM, Craft ME, Carver S, Ernest HB, Crooks KR, VandeWoude S, Funk WC. (2019). Urbanization impacts apex predator gene flow but not genetic diversity across an urban-rural divide. Molecular ecology, 28(22)

Reynolds JJH, Carver S, Cunningham MW, Logan KA, Vickers W, Crooks KR, VandeWoude S, Craft ME. (2019). Feline immunodeficiency virus in puma: Estimation of force of infection reveals insights into transmission. Ecology and evolution, 9(19)

Kao SZ, VanderWaal K, Enns EA, Craft ME, Alvarez J, Picasso C, Wells SJ. (2018). Modeling cost-effectiveness of risk-based bovine tuberculosis surveillance in Minnesota. Preventive veterinary medicine, (159)

White LA, Forester JD, Craft ME. (2018). Dynamic, spatial models of parasite transmission in wildlife: Their structure, applications and remaining challenges. The Journal of animal ecology, 87(3)

VanderWaal K, Enns EA, Picasso C, Alvarez J, Perez A, Fernandez F, Gil A, Craft M, Wells S. (2017). Optimal surveillance strategies for bovine tuberculosis in a low-prevalence country. Scientific reports, 7(1)

Manlove KR, Walker JG, Craft ME, Huyvaert KP, Joseph MB, Miller RS, Nol P, Patyk KA, O'Brien D, Walsh DP, Cross PC. (2016). "One Health" or Three? Publication Silos Among the One Health Disciplines. PLoS biology, 14(4)

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