Disease Ecology and Evolution
This theme combines theoretical, statistical, experimental, and genetic/genomic approaches to understand the interplay between evolution, ecology and epidemiology of parasitic diseases.
A central focus of the theme is to understand the cause and consequence of parasite hosts and/or geographical shifts. Integrating effects of microbiomes is also key to much of our work.
We explore these questions in a range of systems:
- insect (bee and drosophila) viruses;
- bacterial pathogens of birds and fungal and bacterial crops;
- the spread of Lyme’s disease throughout vertebrate communities;
- amphibian viruses;
- macrooparasites of wild dogs;
- bovine tuberculosis;
- macroevolutionary radiations of eukaryotic single celled parasites;
- and disease susceptibility in aquaculture