Colleen Webb

Colleen WebbAssociate Professor
Office: Anatomy/Zoology Building E334A
Phone: 970-491-6723
Education: Ph.D., Cornell University
Email: Colleen.Webb@ColoState.EDU

I am broadly interested in the evolution of traits important in ecological interactions and in how such evolution shapes ecosystems. I use a theoretical framework to study how selection at the individual-level affects the extinction and persistence of populations or ecosystems. For example, I have investigated how the indirect effects of selection can affect a population's environment, resulting in decreased mean fitness and extinction. Currently, I am looking at how ecosystem level characteristics, like modularity, enhance the robustness of ecosystems to disturbance (resiliency), and whether these higher level characteristics can evolve from selection at the individual level. I use a variety of analytical and simulation methods in my work. In addition, I maintain a strong interest in comparative and ecological genomics.

Selected Publications

Pepin, K., Spackman, E., Brown, J., Pabilonia, K., Garber, L., Weaver, J., Kennedy, DA., Patyk, KA., Huyvaert, KP., Miller, RS., Franklin, AB., Pedersen, K., Bogich, TL., Rohani, P., Shriner, SA., Webb, CT., Riley, S. 2014. Using quantitative disease dynamics as a tool for guiding response to avian influenza in poultry in the United States of America. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 376-397.

Buhnerkempe, M.G., Tildesley, M.J., Lindstrom, T., Grear, D.A., Portacci, K., Miller, R.S., Lombard, J., Werkman, M., Keeling, M.J., Wennergren, U., Webb, C.T. 2014. Predicting continental scale foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in the United States. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091724

Peel, A.J., Pulliam, J.R.C., Luis, A.D., Plowright, R.K., O’Shea, T.J., Hayman, D.T.S., Wood, J.L.N., Webb, C.T., Restif, O. 2014. The effect of seasonal birth pulses on pathogen persistence in wild mammal populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. 281(1786) doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.2962

Grear, D.A., Kaneene, J.B., Averill, J.J., Webb, C.T. 2014. Local cattle movments in response to ongoing bovine tuberculosis zonation and regulations in Michigan, USA. Preventative Veterinary Medicine. 114(3-4):201-12. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.03.008.

Ciannelli, L., Hunsicker, M., Beaudreau, A., Bailey, K., Crowder, L., Finley, C., Webb, C., Reyonlds, J., Sagmiller, K., Anderies, J.M., Hawthorne, D., Parris, J., Heppell, S., Conway, F., Chigbu, P. 2014. Transdisciplinary graduate training in marine resource science and management. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsu067

Lewis, D.L., Breck, S.W., Wilson, K.W. and Webb, C.T. 2014. Modeling black bear population dynamics in a human-dominated stochastic environment. Ecological Modelling. 294: 51–58. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.08.021

Tsao, K., Robbe-Austerman, S., Miller, R.S., Portacci, K., Grear, D.A., Webb, C. 2014. Sources of bovine tuberculosis in the United States. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 28C:137-143. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2014.09.025

Davis, M.A., Webb, C.T., Douglas, M.R., Collyer, M.L., Holycross, A.T., Painter, C.W., Douglas, M.E. Impacts of Environmental Perturbation on the New Mexican Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi obscurus): Insights from Population Modeling in the Sky-Islands of Southwestern North America. PLoS One.