Long overdue lab update, Feb 2019

The lab website might have gone quiet for a few months, but there have been plenty of lab goings on!

  • Megan conducted her first lab experiments to understand transmission of ciliates responsible for black gill disease in commercial shrimp. We’re waiting with baited breath to find out if these panned out.
  • Cali, Izzy and Megan all did excellent jobs presenting their research ideas at the 2019 Ecology Graduate Student Symposium, with Cali’s ibis talk getting second place overall – congratulations to you all!
  • Claire and Richard were co-authors on two recently published studies. The first, led by Cecilia S├ínchez and published in Ecology Letters, is a meta-analysis exploring associations between body condition and infection. The second, led by Dan Becker and published in Interface, provides a roadmap for understanding transmission dynamics from sparse field data, applied to Salmonella transmission in urban-feeding White Ibis.
  • Nathaniel is doing a second semester of research in the lab, building models of host-parasite dynamics in seasonal food-provisioned environments. We also welcomed Zach Arnold to the lab. This semester Zach will be conducting behavioral observations of vultures at the Athens landfill.