Heather N. Meeks

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In 2004, we collected 211 specimens of European field mice (genus Apodemus; subgenus Sylvaemus) from 16 localities in northern, western, central, and southern Ukraine, including the Crimean Peninsula. We used cytochrome-b mitochondrial DNA sequence data to investigate species diversity, distributional patterns, and taxonomy of Apodemus in Ukraine. Sequence(More)
Three previous studies at Chernobyl, Ukraine, documented elevated mitochondrial DNA diversity in bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus) from radioactively contaminated sites. Little evidence was found to link patterns of diversity in contaminated areas to radiation exposure, but the experimental design precluded discriminating among alternative explanations(More)
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is an emerging pathogen in Europe and Asia. We investigated TBEV in Kyrgyzstan by collecting small mammals and ticks from diverse localities and analyzing them for evidence of TBEV infection. We found TBEV circulating in Kyrgyzstan much farther south and at higher altitudes than previously reported.
We sampled vole populations in Ukraine with the dual goal of characterizing population diversity and of providing a biogeographic perspective to evaluate experimental designs used for previous studies. Our data indicate that genetic diversity in bank vole populations is widely variable across regions and that diversity estimates in contaminated sites are(More)
reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To develop a toolset to monitor and assess laboratory biosafety program performance and cost Introduction Laboratory biosafety – a component of biosecurity – has specific elements that together, comprise a facility's capability to both protect employees and the surrounding(More)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would first like to thank my family for all their encouragement and reality checks throughout this process. Especially to my dad for trying desperately to understand what it is that I actually do. Without him, I would never have made it this far. To my fiancée, Victoria, for always supporting me and allowing me to do research. The best is(More)
reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To conceive and develop a model to identify gaps in public health surveillance performance and provide a toolset to assess interventions , cost, and return on investment (ROI). one of the eight core capacities is public health surveillance. In May 2012, despite a concerted(More)
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