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Trevon Fuller

Assistant ResearcherUCLA Center for Tropical Research

Phone: (310) 206-6234
Email: fullertl@ucla.edu

Center for Tropical Research
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

University of California, Los Angeles
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

Research Projects

Mapping Evolutionary Process In The Face Of Climate Change: An Integrated Approach to Education and Conservation Prioritization in Central Africa (2013-17)

This project funded by NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) develops an integrated framework for conserving Central African biodiversity under climate change. Central African rainforests represent one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. While efforts have been made to prioritize regions for protection, habitat loss continues at an alarming rate severely limiting the ability of species to respond to climate change. This project unites researchers and students from the U.S., Cameroon, Gabon, United Kingdom, and Germany to: 1) map environmentally-associated genomic and phenotypic variation in a broad range of species and assess how this overlaps with patterns of species richness and protected areas; 2) evaluate how evolutionary adaptation, phenotypic plasticity and landscape connectivity might mediate future threats; and 3) develop an integrated prioritization scheme that ranks candidate areas for protection on their evolutionary potential, connectivity, estimated socioeconomic costs, degree of threat and cultural value.

My role is to identify social and economic factors that contribute to deforestation and biodiversity loss in Cameroon and Gabon. This analysis is being carried out at the two scales. At the regional scale, I am using remote sensing and geographic information systems to quantify urbanization and the expansion of logging and mining concessions. At the household scale, I am using questionnaires to assess the association between household wealth and deforestation in rural areas. The results will be used to design areas to preserve biodiversity in Cameroon and Gabon that incorporate the socioeconomic constraints of the region. The project organizes annual training workshops in Cameroon and Gabon attended by African and US undergraduates and graduate students. I developed questionnaires to assess students’ knowledge of biodiversity and satisfaction with the workshop curriculum.

Project website: http://www.caballiance.org/

Dynamics of Cross-species Influenza Transmission: an International Collaboration - Cameroon and Egypt (2010-2013)

The impending threat of global influenza pandemics requires greater integrated efforts to understand the critical elements of spillover and transmission of influenza among wild birds, domesticated animals, and humans. As part of a global collaborative effort, funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, we examined the dynamics of flu transmission in Cameroon and Egypt.

The impacts of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Africa have been most severe in Egypt, where over 30 million domestic birds that have died or been culled. In 2006, Cameroon became the fourth African country to experience an outbreak of HPAI. This project quantified the rate of influenza spillover between wild birds (resident and migratory) and domestic animals (poultry). In addition, we conducted interviews to assess risk factors related to the introduction, spread and persistence of avian influenza in rural households. Finally, using remote sensing data, we developed a predictive model to identify areas at risk for future avian influenza outbreaks.

Publications

FULLER, TREVON L. ; GILBERT, MARIUS ; MARTIN, VINCENT ; CAPPELLE, JULIEN ; HOSSEINI, PARVIEZ ; NJABO, KEVIN Y. ; ABDEL AZIZ, SOAD ; XIAO, XIANGMING ; DASZAK, PETER ; SMITH, THOMAS B. . Predicting hotspots for influenza virus reassortment. Emerging Infectious Diseases, v. 19, p. 581-588, 2013.

SHETA, BASMA M. ; FULLER, TREVON L. ; LARISON, BRENDA ; NJABO, KEVIN Y. ; AHMED, AHMED SAMY ; HARRIGAN, RYAN ; CHASAR, ANTHONY ; AZIZ, SOAD ABDEL ; KHIDR, ABDEL-AZIZ A. ; ELBOKL, MOHAMED M. ; HABBAK, LOTFY Z. ; SMITH, THOMAS B. . Putative human and avian risk factors for avian influenza virus infections in backyard poultry in Egypt. Veterinary Microbiology, v. 168, p. 208-213, 2014.

NJABO, KEVIN Y. ; FULLER, TREVON L. ; CHASAR, ANTHONY ; POLLINGER, JOHN P. ; CATTOLI, GIOVANNI ; TERREGINO, CALOGERO ; MONNE, ISABELLA ; REYNES, JEAN-MARC ; NJOUOM, RICHARD ; SMITH, THOMAS B. Pandemic A/H1N1/2009 influenza virus in swine, Cameroon, 2010. Veterinary Microbiology (Amsterdam. Print), v. 156, p. 189-192, 2012.

LARISON, BRENDA ; NJABO, KEVIN Y ; CHASAR, ANTHONY ; FULLER, TREVON ; HARRIGAN, RYAN J ; SMITH, THOMAS B . Spillover of pH1N1 to swine in Cameroon: an investigation of risk factors. BMC Veterinary Research, v. 10, p. 55, 2014.

HOSSEINI, PARVIEZ RANA ; FULLER, TREVON ; HARRIGAN, RYAN ; ZHAO, DELONG ; ARRIOLA, CARMEN SOFIA ; GONZALEZ, ARMANDOE ; MILLER, MATTHEW JOSHUA ; XIAO, XIANGMING ; SMITH, TOM B. ; JONES, JAMIE HOLLAND ; DASZAK, PETER . Metapopulation dynamics enable persistence of influenza A, including A/H5N1, in poultry. Plos One, v. 8, p. e80091, 2013.

Effects of Avian Migration and Anthropogenic Change on the Distribution and Transmission Risks of Avian Influenza in the Americas (2009-2011)

This project funded by the National Science Foundation’s Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases panel assessed the rate of avian influenza infection song birds in the Americas to assess whether the prevalence in this order of birds is comparable to that of waterfowl, which have been the principal focus of past influenza surveillance of wild birds. We hypothesized that since songbirds are the most genetically diverse avian order, there would also be substantial variation in influenza susceptibility, with some families exhibiting high rates of infection. With respect to human hosts, we evaluated the infection rate in ornithologists with occupational exposure to songbirds.

To estimate the prevalence of avian influenza in songbirds and the extent to which they transmit the virus to humans, we collected 5,200 cloacal swabs from songbirds and 401 sera samples from ornithologists at the American Ornithologists’ Union meeting. Results indicated that the incidence of avian influenza in songbirds is 0.89%, which is lower than the rate of 3.99% in waterfowl but greater than the 0.37% rate in birds of prey. Regarding interspecies transmission, we found that only 0.25% of ornithologists carried antibodies against avian influenza. Hence, the results suggest that songbirds rarely infect researchers.

Publications

FULLER, TREVON ; BENSCH, STAFFAN ; MÜLLER, INGE ; NOVEMBRE, JOHN ; PÉREZ-TRIS, JAVIER ; RICKLEFS, ROBERT E. ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; WALDENSTRÖM, JONAS . The ecology of emerging infectious diseases in migratory birds: an assessment of the role of climate change and priorities for future research. Ecohealth, v. 9, p. 80-88, 2012.

SHAFIR, SHIRA C. ; FULLER, TREVON ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; RIMOIN, ANNE W. . A national study of individuals who handle migratory birds for evidence of avian and swine-origin influenza virus infections. Journal of Clinical Virology, v. 54, p. 364-367, 2012.

FULLER, TREVON L ; SAATCHI, SASSAN S ; CURD, EMILY E ; TOFFELMIER, ERIN ; THOMASSEN, HENRI A ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; DESANTE, DAVID F ; NOTT, MARK P ; SARACCO, JAMES F ; RALPH, CJ ; ALEXANDER, JOHN D ; POLLINGER, JOHN P ; SMITH, THOMAS B . Mapping the risk of avian influenza in wild birds in the US. BMC Infectious Diseases, v. 10, p. 187, 2010.

Education

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin (2009).

M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin (2004).

B.A. in Historical Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas (2001).

Publications

Journal Articles

1. SHETA, BASMA M. ; FULLER, TREVON L. ; LARISON, BRENDA ; NJABO, KEVIN Y. ; AHMED, AHMED SAMY ; HARRIGAN, RYAN ; CHASAR, ANTHONY ; AZIZ, SOAD ABDEL ; KHIDR, ABDEL-AZIZ A. ; ELBOKL, MOHAMED M. ; HABBAK, LOTFY Z. ;

SMITH, THOMAS B. Putative human and avian risk factors for avian influenza virus infections in backyard poultry in Egypt. Veterinary Microbiology, v. 168, p. 208-213, 2014.

2. FULLER, TREVON ; HAVERS, FIONA ; XU, CUILING ; FANG, LI-QUN ; CAO, WU-CHUN ; SHU, YUELONG ; WIDDOWSON, MARC-ALAIN ; SMITH, THOMAS B. Identifying areas with a high risk of human infection with the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in East Asia. The Journal of Infection, v. 69, p. 174-181, 2014.

3. LARISON, BRENDA ; NJABO, KEVIN Y ; CHASAR, ANTHONY ; FULLER, TREVON ; HARRIGAN, RYAN J ; SMITH, THOMAS B. Spillover of pH1N1 to swine in Cameroon: an investigation of risk factors. BMC Veterinary Research , v. 10, p. 55, 2014.

4. GIORGI, ANA PAULA ; ROVZAR, COREY ; DAVIS, KELSEY S. ; FULLER, TREVON ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; SAATCHI, SASSAN ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; SILVEIRA, LUIS FABIO ; GILLESPIE, THOMAS W. . Spatial conservation planning framework for assessing conservation opportunities in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Applied Geography, v. 53, p. 369-376, 2014.

5. MENDOZA, EDUARDO; FULLER, TREVON L. ; THOMASSEN, HENRI A. ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; RAMÍREZ-MEJÍA, DIANA ; SMITH, THOMAS

B. A preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor for protecting potential Baird's tapir habitat in southern Mexico. Integrative Zoology, v. 8, p. 35-47, 2013.

6. HOSSEINI, PARVIEZ RANA ; FULLER, TREVON ; HARRIGAN, RYAN ; ZHAO, DELONG ; ARRIOLA, CARMEN SOFIA ; GONZALEZ, ARMANDOE ; MILLER, MATTHEW JOSHUA ; XIAO, XIANGMING ; SMITH, TOM B. ; JONES, JAMIE HOLLAND ; DASZAK, PETER . Metapopulation Dynamics Enable Persistence of Influenza A, Including A/H5N1, in Poultry. Plos One , v. 8, p. e80091, 2013.

7. THOMASSEN, HENRI A. ; FULLER, TREVON ; ASEFI-NAJAFABADY, SALVI ; SHIPLACOFF, JULIA A. G. ; MULEMBAKANI, PRIME M. ; BLUMBERG, SETH ; JOHNSTON, SARA C. ; KISALU, NEVILLE K. ; KINKELA, TIMOTHÉE L. ; FAIR, JOSEPH N. ; WOLFE, NATHAN D. ; SHONGO, ROBERT L. ; LEBRETON, MATTHEW ; MEYER, HERMANN ; WRIGHT, LINDA L. ; MUYEMBE, JEAN-JACQUES ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; OKITOLONDA, EMILE ; HENSLEY, LISA E. ; LLOYD-SMITH, JAMES O. ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; RIMOIN, ANNE W. Pathogen-host associations and predicted range shifts of human monkeypox in response to climate change in Central Africa. Plos One, v. 8, p. e66071, 2013.

8. FULLER, T. L. ; THOMASSEN, H. A. ; PERALVO, M. ; BUERMANN, W. ; MILA, B. ; KIESWETTER, C. M. ; JARRIN-V, P. ; DEVITT, S. E. C. ; MASON, E. ; SCHWEIZER, R. M. ; SCHLUNEGGER, J. ; CHAN, J. ; WANG, O. ; SCHNEIDER, C. J. ; POLLINGER, J. P. ; SAATCHI, S. ; GRAHAM, C. H. ; WAYNE, R. K. ; SMITH, T. B. Intraspecific morphological and genetic variation of common species predicts ranges of threatened ones. Proceedings - Royal Society. Biological Sciences, v. 280, 2013.

9. FULLER, TREVON L. ; GILBERT, MARIUS ; MARTIN, VINCENT ; CAPPELLE, JULIEN ; HOSSEINI, PARVIEZ ; NJABO, KEVIN Y. ; ABDEL AZIZ, SOAD ; XIAO, XIANGMING ; DASZAK, PETER ; SMITH, THOMAS B. . Predicting hotspots for influenza virus reassortment. Emerging Infectious Diseases, v. 19, p. 581-588, 2013.

10. SMITH, THOMAS B. ; KINNISON, MICHAEL T. ; STRAUSS, SHARON Y. ; FULLER, TREVON L. ; CARROLL, SCOTT P. Prescriptive Evolution to Conserve and Manage Biodiversity. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics , v. 45, 2013.

11. SHAFIR, SHIRA C. ; FULLER, TREVON ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; RIMOIN, ANNE W. . A national study of individuals who handle migratory birds for evidence of avian and swine-origin influenza virus infections. Journal of Clinical Virology , v. 54, p. 364-367, 2012.

12. NJABO, KEVIN Y. ; FULLER, TREVON L. ; CHASAR, ANTHONY ; POLLINGER, JOHN P. ; CATTOLI, GIOVANNI ; TERREGINO, CALOGERO ; MONNE, ISABELLA ; REYNES, JEAN-MARC ; NJOUOM, RICHARD ; SMITH, THOMAS B. Pandemic

A/H1N1/2009 influenza virus in Swine, Cameroon, 2010. Veterinary Microbiology, v. 156, p. 189-192, 2012.

13. FULLER, TREVON ; BENSCH, STAFFAN ; MÜLLER, INGE ; NOVEMBRE, JOHN ; PÉREZ-TRIS, JAVIER ; RICKLEFS, ROBERT E. ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; WALDENSTRÖM, JONAS . The ecology of emerging infectious diseases in migratory birds: an assessment of the role of climate change and priorities for future research. Ecohealth, v. 9, p. 80-88, 2012.

14. THOMASSEN, HENRI A. ; FULLER, TREVON ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; MILÁ, BORJA ; KIESWETTER, CHARLES M. ; JARRÍN-V., PABLO ; CAMERON, SUSAN E. ; MASON, ELIZA ; SCHWEIZER, RENA ; SCHLUNEGGER, JASMIN ; CHAN, JANICE ;

WANG, OPHELIA ; PERALVO, MANUEL ; SCHNEIDER, CHRISTOPHER J. ; GRAHAM, CATHERINE H. ; POLLINGER, JOHN P. ; SAATCHI, SASSAN ; WAYNE, ROBERT K. ; SMITH, THOMAS B. . Mapping evolutionary process: a multi-taxa approach to conservation prioritization. EVOLUTIONARY APPLICATIONS , v. 4, p. 397-413, 2011.

15. FULLER, TREVON ; THOMASSEN, HENRI A. ; MULEMBAKANI, PRIME M. ; JOHNSTON, SARA C. ; LLOYD-SMITH, JAMES O. ; KISALU, NEVILLE K. ; LUTETE, TIMOTHEE K. ; BLUMBERG, SETH ; FAIR, JOSEPH N. ; WOLFE, NATHAN D. ; SHONGO, ROBERT L. ; FORMENTY, PIERRE ; MEYER, HERMANN ; WRIGHT, LINDA L. ; MUYEMBE, JEAN-JACQUES ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; SAATCHI, SASSAN S. ; OKITOLONDA, EMILE ; HENSLEY, LISA ; SMITH, THOMAS B. ; RIMOIN, ANNE W. Using remote sensing to map the risk of human monkeypox virus in the Congo Basin. Ecohealth, v. 8, p. 14-25, 2011.

16. FULLER, TREVON L ; SAATCHI, SASSAN S ; CURD, EMILY E ; TOFFELMIER, ERIN ; THOMASSEN, HENRI A ; BUERMANN, WOLFGANG ; DESANTE, DAVID F ; NOTT, MARK P ; SARACCO, JAMES F ; RALPH, CJ ; ALEXANDER, JOHN D ;

POLLINGER, JOHN P ; SMITH, THOMAS B. Mapping the risk of avian influenza in wild birds in the US. BMC Infectious Diseases, v. 10, p. 187, 2010.

17. ZAFRA-CALVO, NOELIA ; CERRO, ROWENA ; FULLER, TREVON ; LOBO, JORGE M. ; RODRÍGUEZ, MIGUEL Á. ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA . Prioritizing areas for conservation and vegetation restoration in post-agricultural landscapes: A Biosphere Reserve plan for Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. Biological Conservation , v. 143, p. 787-794, 2010.

18. SARKAR, SAHOTRA ; SÁNCHEZ-CORDERO, VÍCTOR ; LONDOÑO, MARIA CECILIA ; FULLER, TREVON . Systematic conservation assessment for the Mesoamerica, Chocó, and Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspots: a preliminary analysis.

Biodiversity and Conservation , v. 18, p. 1793-1828, 2009.

19. ILLOLDI-RANGEL, PATRICIA ; FULLER, TREVON ; LINAJE, MIGUEL ; PAPPAS, CHRISTOPHER ; SÁNCHEZ-CORDERO, VÍCTOR ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA . Solving the maximum representation problem to prioritize areas for the conservation of terrestrial mammals at risk in Oaxaca. Diversity and Distributions, v. 14, p. 493-508, 2008.

20. JUSTUS, JAMES ; FULLER, TREVON ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA . Influence of representation targets on the total area of conservation-area networks. Conservation Biology , v. 22, p. 673-682, 2008.

21. FULLER, TREVON ; MORTON, DAVID P. ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA . Incorporating uncertainty about species- potential distributions under climate change into the selection of conservation areas with a case study from the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Biological Conservation , v. 141, p. 1547-1559, 2008.

22. FULLER, T ; SANCHEZCORDERO, V ; ILLOLDIRANGEL, P ; LINAJE, M ; SARKAR, S . The cost of postponing biodiversity conservation in Mexico. Biological Conservation , v. 134, p. 593-600, 2007.

23. SARKAR, SAHOTRA ; PRESSEY, ROBERT L. ; FAITH, DANIEL P. ; MARGULES, CHRISTOPHER R. ; FULLER, TREVON ; STOMS, DAVID M. ; MOFFETT, ALEXANDER ; WILSON, KERRIE A. ; WILLIAMS, KRISTEN J. ; WILLIAMS, PAUL H. ; ANDELMAN, SANDY. Biodiversity conservation planning tools: present status and challenges for the future. Annual Review of Environment

and Resources , v. 31, p. 123-159, 2006.

24. FULLER, TREVON ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA. LQGraph: A software package for optimizing connectivity in conservation planning. Environmental Modelling & Software , v. 21, p. 750-755, 2006.

25. FULLER, TREVON ; MUNGUÍA, MARIANA ; MAYFIELD, MICHAEL ; SÁNCHEZ-CORDERO, VÍCTOR ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA. Incorporating connectivity into conservation planning: A multi-criteria case study from central Mexico. Biological Conservation, v. 133, p. 131-142, 2006.

26. SARKAR, SAHOTRA ; JUSTUS, JAMES ; FULLER, TREVON ; KELLEY, CHRIS ; GARSON, JUSTIN ; MAYFIELD, MICHAEL. Effectiveness of environmental surrogates for the selection of conservation area networks. Conservation Biology , v. 19, p.

815-825, 2005.

27. FULLER, TREVON ; SARKAR, SAHOTRA ; CREWS, DAVID . The use of norms of reaction to analyze genotypic and environmental influences on behavior in mice and rats. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews , v. 29, p. 445-456, 2005.

28. SARKAR, SAHOTRA ; FULLER, TREVON . Generalized norms of reaction for ecological developmental biology. Evolution & Development , v. 5, p. 106-115, 2003.

Book Chapters

Sarkar, S., Fuller, T., Aggarwal, A., Moffett, A., and Kelley, C. D. 2009. "The ConsNet Software Platform for Systematic Conservation Planning." In Moilanen, A.,  Possingham, H., and Wilson, K. (Eds.), Spatial Conservation Prioritization: Quantitative Methods and Computational Tools. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 978-0-19-954777-7.

Sánchez-Cordero, V., Illoldi-Rangel, P., Escalante, T., Figueroa, F., Rodríguez, G., Linaje, M., Fuller, T., and Sarkar, S. 2009. “Deforestation and Biodiversity Conservation in Mexico.” In Columbus, A. M. and Kuznetsov, L. (Eds.), Endangered Species: New Research. (Hauppauge, New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers). ISBN 978-1-60692-241-5.

Fuller, T. 2008. "Convention on Biodiversity." In Callicott, J. B. and Frodeman, R. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference). ISBN 978-0-02866-137-7.

Fuller, T., Morton, D., and Sarkar, S. 2007. "Planning for Biodiversity Conservation Using Stochastic Programming."  In  Deutsch, A., Bravo de la Parra, R., de Boer, R. J., Diekmann, O., Jagers, P., Kisdi, E., Kretzschmar, M.,  Lansky, P., and Metz, H. (Eds.), Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems, Volume II. (Boston: Birkhäuser). pp. 101-107.


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