Benjamin D. Dalziel Department of Ecology and Evolutionary

Benjamin D. Dalziel
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University
Education and Research
2014- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, Princeton
University, in the groups of Jessica Metcalf and Bryan Grenfell
2014 PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University: “The influence of collective behavior
on population dynamics” advised by Stephen Ellner
2013- Consultant for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
2011 Research Internship, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
2007 Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
2006 MSc in Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, advised by John Fryxell
2004 BSc in Ecology with a minor in Mathematical Sciences, University of Guelph
2003 Research Assistant, University of Guelph
2002 Research Assistant, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Dalziel, B.D., LeCorre, M., Côté, S., Ellner, S.P. The dynamics of collective behavior in migrating
caribou. In prep.
Dalziel, B.D., Zelner J., Bliss, J.R., McClelland, A., Metcalf, C.J.E., Grenfell, B.T. Inapparent infections
and community-based cases of Ebola: prospects for surveillance and control. In prep.
Dalziel, B.D., Bjørnstad, O.M, Van Panhuis, W.A., Burke, D. Metcalf, C.J.E., Grenfell, B.T. Measles and
the edge of chaos: subtle differences in the aggregation of susceptibles creates dynamic heterogeneity
in epidemics. In prep. (full draft complete)
Dalziel, B.D., and Ellner, S.P. 2015. Detecting collective behavior in ecological data. In revision at
Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
Dalziel, B.D., Huang, K., Geoghegan, J.L, Arinaminpathy, N., Dubovi, E.J., Grenfell, B.T., Ellner, S.P.,
Holmes, E.C., Parrish, C.R. 2014. Contact heterogeneity, rather than transmission efficiency, limits the
emergence and spread of canine influenza virus. PLOS Pathogens 10: e1004455.
Dalziel B.D., Pourbohloul B., Ellner, S.P. 2013 Human mobility patterns predict divergent epidemic
dynamics among cities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20130763.
Dalziel, B.D. 2013. Community Based Disease Surveillance in Practice: A review of evidence-based
effectiveness and lessons learned for disease surveillance by volunteers using mobile phones. Report
for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Becker,C.G., Dalziel,B.D., Kersch-Becker, M.F., Park, M.G., and Mouchka,M. 2012. Indirect effects of
human development along the coast on coral health. Biotropica 45:401:407.
Perera, A.H., Dalziel,B.D. Buse,L.J., Routledge R.G., and Brienesse M. 2011. What happens to tree
residuals in boreal forest fires and what causes the changes? Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Forest Information Paper 174.
Dalziel,B.D., Morales,J.M, and Fryxell,J.M. 2010. Fitting dynamic models to animal movement data: the
importance of probes for model selection, a reply to Franz and Caillaud.
The American Naturalist 175:762-764.
Dalziel,B.D. and Perera, A.H. 2009. Patterns in tree mortality after boreal forest fires reveal scaledependent interactions between community structure and fire intensity. Ecosystems 12:973-981.
Perera,A.H., Dalziel,B.D., Buse,L.J., and Routeledge,R.G. 2009. Spatial variability of stand-scale
residuals in Ontario’s boreal forest fires. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:945-961.
Dalziel,BD., Morales,J.M, and Fryxell,J.M. 2008 Fitting probability distributions to animal movement
trajectories: using artificial neural networks to link distance, resources and memory. The American
Naturalist 172:248-258.
Smith,T., Dalziel,B.D., and Routeledge, R.G. 2008. A proposed method to rank the intensity of boreal
forest fires in Ontario using post-fire high-resolution aerial photographs. Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources Forest Information Paper 170.
Borger,L., Dalziel.,B.D., and Fryxell, J.M. 2008. Are there general mechanisms of animal home range
behaviour? A review and prospectus for future research. Ecology Letters 11:637-650.
Fryxell,J.M, Hazell,M., Borger,L., Dalziel,B.D., Haydon,D.T., Morales,J.M., McIntosh,T., and
Rossate,R.C. 2008. Multiple movement modes by large herbivores at multiple spatiotemporal scales.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105:19114-19119.
Dalziel,B.D. and Boulding, E.G. 2005. Water-borne cues from a shell-crushing predator induce a more
massive shell in experimental populations of an intertidal snail. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology
and Ecology 317-25-35.
Grant and Scholarship Support
2012 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation –
“Forecasting epidemics in cities using data on human movement patterns”
2008 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation –
“Discovering collective behavior in migrating caribou”
2011 British Columbia Centre for Disease Control –
Research Internship
2008 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council –
Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship
2008 Glasgow University Research Scholarship (declined)
2005 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2004 Elgin Carde Terrestrial Ecology Fellowship
Teaching experience
2010 Prepared a two-day course on Ecological Analysis in R at Cornell University
2004- Teaching assistant (at University of Guelph or Cornell University) for:
Ecology and the Environment BIOL*1610
Advanced Ecology BIOL*3610
Dynamic Models in Biology BIOL*3620
Introductory Ecology BIOL*2170
Population Ecology BIOL*3110
Wildlife Conservation and Management BIOL*4150
I review papers for American Naturalist, Axios, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecological Applications, PLOS
ONE, PeerJ and PLOS Medicine.
In addition to formal consultancies I have volunteered as a scientific advisor for humanitarian
organizations, including Haitian Red Cross and Concern Worldwide.
I was a scientific consultant and public speaker for Ithaca History Center on the exhibit “Grippe: The
Epidemic of 1918”.
Selected seminars
McClelland, A. and Dalziel, B.D. 2015 (upcoming). Inapparent Ebola infections: symptom-based case
definitions fail to identify laboratory-positive cases. 19th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency
Dalziel, B.D. 2014. Inapparent infections, false positives, and bursts in Ebola dynamics. Princeton
Colloquium on Global Systemic Risk.
Dalziel, B.D., Pourbohloul, B, and Ellner, S.P. 2011. The influence of host movement on epidemic
dynamics: Commuting patterns in cities and their consequences for the spread of influenza. Annual
Conference of the Ecological Society of America.
Dalziel, B.D. and Ellner, S.P. 2010. Estimating the historical migration patterns of woodland caribou
using movement models and stable isotope data. International Congress for Conservation Biology.
Dalziel, B.D. and Ellner, S.P. 2009. Woodland caribou migration: advection-diffusion models and stable
isotope data. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution.
Dalziel,B.D., and Fryxell, J.M. 2005. The persistence of memory: modeling the movements of foragers
using memory-biased random walks. Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of America.