John M. Drake

How does move from the bat species that are its natural reservoir into primate and human populations? Our latest research in suggests that fig trees and are a key part of the story. We hypothesize that seasonal rains induce fruiting, which then invite fruit-eating species including bats, monkeys, and people to forage in the same locations facilitating spillover of the virus from one species to another.


April 18, 2024
John M. Drake

Pleased to share our latest research in

on the intersections between climate change, biodiversity loss, and infectious diseases

April 04, 2024
John M. Drake

1/3 Excited to share my latest paper with Kyle Dahlin and colleagues on temperature-dependent models of mosquito-borne transmission. We've updated the classic Ross-MacDonald model to address its limitations and uncovered significant findings.


March 14, 2024
John M. Drake

Excited to announce registration is now open for a symposium on "Viral Traits and Infectious Disease Emergence" to be held September 9-10, 2024 at the University of Georgia. Please join us!

March 07, 2024
John M. Drake

Pete Hudson speaking about preventing pandemics at the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases and Odum School of Ecology

January 30, 2024
John M. Drake

Enjoyed a great seminar today by Jenn Thompson on “Co-producing sustainable food systems: A transdisciplinary and participatory approach”

Here, Jenn reminds us that interdisciplinary advances occur in the spaces where we begin to get uncomfortable.

I wasn't familiar with the work of Freeth and Caniglia, but I look forward to learning more about it.

January 24, 2024
John M. Drake

Pleased to share our latest semi-parametric model for disease forecasting and scenario analysis. The model uses embedded curve-fitting to adapt to changing conditions but in the context of the familiar compartmental approach to modeling. Application is to COVID-19.

November 08, 2023
John M. Drake

It's finally fall in Georgia and that means a lab hike. This time it was the Rhododendron Trail and Chenocetah Mountain in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

October 20, 2023
John M. Drake

I am pleased to announce an independent postdoctoral opportunity at the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases. Proposals/applications are due November 1, 2023. Applications can be made online at Additional information at

October 18, 2023
John M. Drake

The Drake lab at UGA is now on Mastodon! For more information check out our website at

October 17, 2023