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The ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions
January 16 • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presented by Dr. Nick Clark, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland (Australia) (website)
Dr. Clark is a disease ecologist exploring new ways to (1) understand how natural communities are formed and (2) predict how they will change over time. He completed his PhD with Dr Sonya Clegg and the Griffith University Wildlife Disease Ecology Group. This work blended ideas from disease ecology, evolution and biogeography to yield new insights into how avian malaria and microfilaria parasites disperse and evolve. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory, Dr. Clark develops phylogenetic epidemiology tools and adapts techniques from statistical network theory to study how pathogens interact with their hosts and how these interactions change across urbanisation gradients. Please visit his website to learn more about his research.