Amandine Gamble

Postdoctoral Researcher
UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
PhD, Population biology and ecology, Montpellier University, France
M.S., Ecophysiology and animal behaviour, Strasbourg University, France
D.V.M., National Veterinary School of Alfort, France
4000 Terasaki Life Sciences Building
(310) 206-8203
amandine.gamble [at]

I am interested in the processes underlying the circulation of infectious agents among hosts. As mechanisms occurring at different scales (through time, space and biological systems) interact together to drive epidemiological dynamics, my main research interest is in the development of methods allowing efficient data integration to identify and quantify these processes.

During my PhD (supervised by Thierry Boulinier, CEFE - CNRS/Montpellier University), I explored in which conditions and how serological data can be used to efficiently infer the underlying processes of infectious agent circulation and their effects on hosts in wild populations. For this, I combined observational and experimental data collected in various seabird-parasite systems with theoretical approaches. I notably illustrated the benefit of using longitudinal epidemiological data collected as part of population ecology researches to study the circulation of infectious agents in wild populations and proposed a method inspired from the integrated population modelling framework to quantify the force of infection by combining cross-sectional and longitudinal serological data.

My current research as postdoc in the Lloyd-Smith Lab aims at designing quantitative methods to integrate epidemiological data collected in the lab and in the field, at scales from molecules to communities, with the goal of developing biological insight and practical predictors of the epidemiological dynamics of pathogenic infectious agents in multihost systems. For this, I combine mathematical modelling and empirical data analyses. My main study systems are (1) emerging zoonotic viruses in bat populations and (2) Leptospira bacteria in California sea lions and island foxes.

Updated listing on my Google Scholar page

Gamble A., Bazire R., Delord K., Barbraud C., Jaeger A., Gantelet H., Thibault E., Lebarbenchon C., Lagadec E., Tortosa P., Weimerskirch H., Thiebot J.-B., Garnier R., Tornos J. and Boulinier T. (2019). Predator and scavenger movements among and within endangered seabird colonies: opportunities for pathogen spread. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.
[Data and codes] [Accepted version]

Gamble A., Garnier R., Chambert T., Gimenez O. and Boulinier T. (2019). Next generation serology: integrating cross-sectional and capture-recapture approaches to infer disease dynamics. Ecology, in press. doi:10.1002/ecy.2923
[Accepted version]

Sanz-Aguilar A., Payo-Payo A., Rotger A., Moutailler S., Igual J. M., Miranda M. A., Torres M., Picorelli V.,Gamble A.and Boulinier T. (2019).Infestation of small seabirds byOrnithodorus maritimusticks: effects on chick body condition, reproduction and associated infectious agents. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, in press.doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2019.101281

Gamble A., Garnier R., Jaeger A., Thibault E., Gantelet H., Tortosa P., Bourret V., Thiebot J.-B., Delord K., Weimerskirch H., Tornos J., Barbraud C. and Boulinier T. (2019).Exposure of albatrosses to the avian cholera agent leads to a short-lived immune response: implications for disease surveillance and management. Oecologia, 189, 939-949. doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04369-1
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Gamble A., Ramos R., Parra-Torres Y., Mercier A., Galal L., Pearce-Duvet J.M.C., Villena I., Montalvo T., Gonzalez-Solis J., Hammouda A., Oro D., Selmi S. and Boulinier T. (2019).Exposure of yellow-legged gulls toToxoplasma gondiialong the Western Mediterranean coasts: tales from a sentinel. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites andWildlife, 8, 221-228. doi:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2019.01.002
[Data and codes]

Bourret V.,Gamble A., Tornos J., Jaeger A., Delord K., Barbraud C., Tortosa P., Kada S., Thiebot J.-B., Thibault E., Gantelet H., Weimerskirch H., Garnier R. and Boulinier T. (2018).Vaccination protects endangered albatross chicks against avian cholera. Conservation Letters, 11, e12443. doi:10.1111/conl.12443

Boulinier T., Kada S., Ponchon A., Dupraz M., Dietrich M.,Gamble A., Bourret V., Duriez O., Bazire R., Tornos J., Tveraa T., Chambert T., Garnier R. and McCoy K.D. (2016).Migration, Prospecting, Dispersal? What host movement matters for infectious agent circulation? Integrative and Comparative Biology, 56, 330-342.doi:10.1093/icb/icw015


Jaeger A.*,Gamble A.*, Lagadec E.*, Lebarbenchon C., Bourret V., Tornos J., Barbraud C., Delord K., Weimerskirch H., Thiebot J.-B., Boulinier T. and Tortosa P. (2019). Exploring the infection dynamics of a bacterial pathogen on a remote oceanic island reveals annual epizootics impacting an albatross population. (*: equal contribution). BioRxiv.doi:10.1101/711283
[Data and codes]