Benjamin Dalziel
Assistant Professor

I am fascinated by the interplay between structure and function in population biology.  In order to understand the origins and maintainance of biodiversity - from within an individual to among continents - we need to understand how population distribution patterns reflect, and determine, the underlying processes of birth, death, movement and diversification.  To address this question I work with students and collaborators at the interface of theoretical models and empirical data.  

We focus on animal populations and their resident microbiota.  This includes humans and other domesticated animals, where we consider cities as natural experiments, offering windows into how host population structure shapes the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases.  Some recent work is listed below, and more can be found on my Google Scholar page.  A website is also in the works, so check back soon!


Recent publications:


Dalziel, B. D., Bjørnstad, O. N., van Panhuis, W. G., Burke, D. S., Metcalf, C. J. E., & Grenfell, B. T. (2016). Persistent Chaos of Measles Epidemics in the Prevaccination United States Caused by a Small Change in Seasonal Transmission Patterns. PLoS Computational Biology, 12(2), e1004655. 


Dalziel, B. D., Corre, M. L., Côté, S. D., & Ellner, S. P. (2015). Detecting collective behaviour in animal relocation data, with application to migrating caribou. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7(1), 30–41. 


Dalziel, B. D., Huang, K., Geoghegan, J. L., Arinaminpathy, N., Dubovi, E. J., Grenfell, B. T., et al. (2014). Contact Heterogeneity, Rather Than Transmission Efficiency, Limits the Emergence and Spread of Canine Influenza Virus. PLoS Pathogens, 10(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: Biological Sciences, 280(1766), 20130763–20130763. 





Office Room Number: 5006 Cordley Hall
Mailing Address: 3029 Cordley Hall, OSU, Corvallis OR 97331
Phone (office): 541 737 1979



Courses Taught

BI 499 : ST/Population Biology