Aniruddha Belsare is a disease ecologist with a background in veterinary medicine, pathogen modeling, and conservation research. He uses an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates ecologic, epidemiologic and model-based investigations to understand how pathogens spread through, persist in, and impact host populations. One of the main objectives of Aniruddha’s research is to translate insights gained from an analytical approach into actionable outcomes for managers and policymakers.
PhD in Wildlife Science (with a focus on Disease Ecology), 2013
University of Missouri
Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H.), 1996
Bombay Veterinary College
I was the leader of the OneHealth Modeling Working Group at the Center for Modeling Complex Interactions, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. The main objective of this working group was to develop and use analytical, model-based approaches to better understand and manage complex zoonotic disease systems.
This project was supported by a Modeling Access Grant, Center for Modeling Complex Interactions, University of Idaho. I collaborated with Ryan Long (University of Idaho) to develop an agent-based model of bighorn sheep population dynamics. This model can be used to further explore pneumonia dynamics in bighorn sheep populations and guide research questions. The goal of this work was to support the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in developing locale-specific disease management strategies for bighorn sheep populations.
2014-2018: With Josh Millspaugh (University of Montana), Matt Gompper (University of Missouri) and Missouri Department of Conservation. We developed an agent-based modeling framework for assessing sampling effort and efficacy of harvest-based disease surveillance in white-tailed deer populations of Missouri. We also developed a spatially-explicit, agent-based model of chronic wasting disease transmission dynamics. This model is being used to assess the rate of CWD spread in Missouri, as well as to evaluate alternate management strategies to limit the spread of CWD. 2019-current: The CWD Modeling Framework has been adapted to simulate Michigan white-tailed deer populations. The focus is on designing pre-emptive harvest strategies to increase the resilience of regional deer populations to CWD spread.
With Matt Gompper (University of Missouri). Raccoon roundworm Baylisascaris procyonis poses a public health as well as conservation threat as it can cause clinical infections with high morbidity and mortality in several vertebrate species including humans. The objective of this modeling project is to develop a tool to compare and contrast interventions for effective surveillance and management of raccoon roundworms.
With Claudia Munoz-Zanzi (University of Minnesota), Meghan Mason (St. Catherine University), Matt Gompper (University of Missouri). We are using an agent-based approach to simulate transmission dynamics of host-adapted Leptospira strains in a multi-host system. One of the main objectives of this model is to evaluate alternate interventions aimed at reducing human infection risk in small-scale communities like urban slums.
With Abi Vanak (ATREE, India) and Craig Miller (University of Idaho). The objective of this collaborative, OneHealth research project is to use viral genome sequencing, dog demography and epidemiological modeling to better understand the mechanisms of persistence and dispersal of canine rabies, and find focused, efficient startegies for interrupting dog-to-dog transmission of rabies virus in resource-limited settings.
My research and consulting experiences in veterinary medicine, conservation and disease ecology have a strong influence on my teaching. One of my main objectives is to convey the significance and excitement of the subject that I teach.
University of Missouri
|2016, 2014 (Fall)||Wildlife Disease Ecology (FW 4810 / 7810)|
|2016 (Spring)||Animal Population Dynamics (FW 4500 / 7500)|
|2012-2014||General Biology Laboratory (BIO 1020)|
2005-2006: Designed and taught short courses in chemical immobilization of wild animals (Dealing with Wildlife Emergencies). These courses were developed for State Forest Department personnel and field veterinarians in India and funded by Rufford Small Grants, UK.
2003-2004: Trained five emergency response teams for the Maharashtra Forest Department in field immobilization, handling and captive management of wild leopards (Training Maharashtra Forest Department).