Sarah Helman

PhD student
UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

4000 Terasaki Life Sciences Building
(310) 206-8203

Broadly, my research interests are conservation biology, disease ecology and wildlife population health. These interests inspired my pursuit of an undergraduate degree in ecology and conservation biology followed by attending veterinary school, and I am now utilizing my previous experience to study zoonotic disease dynamics in California's coastal wildlife. My current research focuses specifically on the bacterial disease leptospirosis in California sea lions and other terrestrial mammals within this coastal ecosystem.

Snedden C.E.*, Makanani S.K.*, Schwartz S.T., Gamble A., Blakey R.V., Borremans B., Helman S.K., Espericueta L., Valencia A., Endo A., Alfaro M.E. and Lloyd-Smith J.O. (2021). SARS-CoV-2: cross-scale insights from ecology and evolution. Trends in Microbiology, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2021.03.013

Borremans B., Gamble A., Prager K.C., Helman S.K., McClain A.M., Cox C., Savage V. and Lloyd-Smith J.O. (2020). Quantifying antibody kinetics and RNA shedding during early-phase SARS-CoV-2 infection. eLife 9, e60122. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.60122

Helman S.K., Mummah R.O., Gostic K.M., Buhnerkempe M.G., Prager K.C. and Lloyd‐Smith J.O. (2020). Estimating prevalence and test accuracy in disease ecology: How Bayesian latent class analysis can boost or bias imperfect test results. Ecology and Evolution 10, 7221-7232. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6448

* equal contribution