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CEID SEMINAR: Moving forward with spatial disease models: Lessons from amphibians and their fungal parasites
David Daversa, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool and the Zoological Society of London
Wildlife movements have a range of consequences for disease risk. Movements associated with seasonal migrations, dispersal, and daily activities are expected to spread infections, resulting in heightened prevalence and risk of infection. These movements can have the opposite effect however, suggesting that mobility may also protect hosts from disease. For this seminar, David will discuss the factors that determine the consequences of movement for infection dynamics. The talk will cover theory for predicting the links between movement and disease spread as well as field and experimental studies of amphibians that examine effects of movement on the dynamics of the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
David Daversa is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool and the Zoological Society of London. The broad aim of his research is to use knowledge of behavior to better predict the outcomes of pathogen emergence and other novel species interactions. He is particularly interested in the ecological implications of wildlife movements, and his work with amphibians has clarified how individual patterns of movement predict risk of predation and parasitism. His current project takes a community perspective of movement and parasitism to better understand dynamics of co-infection and multi-host transmission.