We are studying the influence of infectious disease on population dynamics and community interactions. Our work focuses on the determinants of spatial and temporal dynamics of bacterial and fungal epidemics in Daphnia. This work relies on combination of community ecology, physical limnology, and epidemiological modeling. Current projects include:
We are developing and testing new theory focused around the intersection of ecological stoichiometry and food webs. The stoichiometric approach explores the consequences of mismatches in the elemental composition of grazers and plants. It also considers how supply of resources, especially nutrients and light, can set the stage for these mismatches. Most of our work examines the ability of stoichiometric models to explain:
I am interested in studying aquatic food webs from the community ecology of disease perspective. By integrating field and lab experiments with mathematical models, I try to answer how trophic interactions and the quality of algal resources affect the spread of disease in lakes. Currently, I’m focusing on understanding the potential role of predators as disease spreaders through trophic cascades.Maja's CV email@example.com
I am broadly interested in the community ecology and eco-evolutionary dynamics of disease systems. Here, I study the mechanistic basis for the dilution effect in the zooplankton-fungus system. My research aims are to incorporate ecological and eco-evolutionary dynamics into theory for the dilution effect, and test model predictions with mesocosm experiments and field patterns. I also study disease-mediated invasions and pathogen spillover.Alex's CV firstname.lastname@example.org
I am generally interested in the eco-evolutionary forces that shape disease dynamics. Currently, I study how the cost of disease resistance interacts with other community factors to select for more or less resistant hosts. I am also investigating how the resulting host evolution feeds back on the community. I am pursuing these interests through model development, simulation, and mesocosm experiments.Jason's CV email@example.com
Assistant Professor, Emory UniversityDave's Webage
Post-doc in Dr. Gordon McNickle's lab (Purdue University)Paul's CV firstname.lastname@example.org Paul's webpage
Olivia Schmidt, Former Lab Manager, now a PhD Student at UT Austin
Christina Bonini, Former Lab Manager
Tess Leuthner, Former Lab assistant, now at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Katie Griebel, Former Research Assistant
Description: Inverts compromise > 99% of all animals on Earth and are remarkably diverse. With this almost incomprehensible diversity as a backdrop, we will consider how invertebrates have managed to solve life's major problems (surviving, growing and reproducing in benign-to-hostile environments), organized around a few simple themes and guided by evolution and comparative physiology. We will also survey diversity of major invertebrate groups.
Logistics: 3 credit lecture; MWF 11:15-12:05, JH A106
Office hours: W 2-4 pm, JH 015, and by appointment
Prerequisites: An intro biology courseCourse Website
Description: This course will empower students to develop and analyze their own ecology-based models.
Topics include: one- and multi-species models; solving for equilibria (attractors and repellors); characterizing equilibria using stability analysis; non-linear population dynamics: bifurcations, oscillations, alternative stable states, catastrophes, chaos; environmental variability.
Pre-requisites: Introductory statistics, calculus, and programming would be helpful, but relax, I will teach you what you need to know if you have not taken such courses.
Logistics: Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45, Myers 140Course Website
The ECOLUNCH forum is meant to bring together people at the Bloomington campus who study ecology at a variety of different levels of biological organization, from genetics to populations and community ecology to ecosystems. We typically have one (or two) people present some of their current research or research ideas, with the aim of sharing ideas and results, getting feedback from the diverse group, and thinking about ecology and our research in new and broader ways. We encourage interaction among researchers of all ecological disciplines. Recent presentations have focused on molecular, population, disease and community ecology as well as ecotoxicology. We invite researchers with diverse interests to expand our breadth.
Where: Lieber Room (Jordan Hall 132)
When: Every Monday (schedule below) 12 - 1 PM
Illuminator: One is permanently reserved. Speakers can pick it up in Jordan Hall 142.