Project properties

Title Estimating prevalence of vector-borne disease using surveillances in wild birds
Group Wildlife Ecology and Conservation group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-36
Supervisor(s) Fred de Boer, Tjomme van Mastrigt, Jurrian van Irsel, Marianne Rijtma, Kevin Matson
Examiner(s) Prof. Frank van Langevelde
Contact info fred.deboer@wur.nl
Begin date 2021/07/01
End date 2023/12/31
Description Viruses transmitted by arboviruses, such as West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV) are maintained in cycles that involve a variety of wild host species. These viruses can occasionally �spill over� from their reservoir hosts to infect humans or other animals. To anticipate future vector-borne disease outbreaks in humans, it is essential to identify key reservoir host species that drive the transmission cycle, and from which pathogens may spill over to novel wild host species and potentially humans. Although a wealth of (sero-)prevalences is available throughout literature, the variation in sampling strategies, efforts and reporting styles renders it challenging to generalize results. We seek a student to (1) help deduce the different types of sampling strategies from literature, and (2) can identify methodological sources of variation in published prevalences of USUV and WNV in wild birds. In addition, various questions related to life history, as well as ecological factors can be addressed as part of this project.
Used skills Systematic literature searches, producing PRISMA charts, data analysis (e.g. using R). These skills can be developed during the project.
Requirements Basic and/or advanced statistics, any experience with R will help.