Members of our group will be attending the following conferences:
Lena Wilfert, 28th August - 1st September 2017. Ecological Immunology Workshop 2017, Blossin, Germany - "Insect Immunity: genomics, microbiome, applications"
Lena Wilfert & Vincent Doublet , 30th October - 3rd November 2017. Jacques Monod Conference, Roscoff, France - "Open questions in disease ecology and evolution: from basic research to evolutionary medicine”
10/2016 - Apply for a 4 year PhD position investigating the effects of environmental antibiotic exposure on host-pathogen interactions in bees (competitive funding via BBSRC DTP)
7/2016 - Short blog on our BBSRC fieldwork live now
6/2016 - Second bout of fieldwork under way for our Agri-environment disease transmission project! See our twitter for updates.
5/2016 - New paper co-authored by Vincent - The bee microbiome: impact on bee health and model for evolution and ecology of host-microbe interactions.
4/2016 - Good luck to Lewis Bartlett, who is starting fieldwork in Georgia, USA
Andrena cineraria on Dandelion
Bombus terrestris colony - new workers emerge grey, gaining their distinctive yellow bands as they get older
Dom Cram 2015
We study the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions. We currently focus on the epidemiology of multi-host pathogens, infectious diseases that can infect more than one host species and that can lead to emerging diseases. We use rapidly evolving viral pathogens as well as gut parasites of pollinators as our main model system in the field and the lab. Insect pollinators, from eusocial and partly domesticated species such as honeybees and bumblebees to solitary bees and many species of flies and lepidoptera are key to maintaining biodiversity and for our food security. Many of these species share RNA viruses, such as Deformed Wing Virus, which can be highly virulent in some species. We study how such pathogens interact with the pollinator community in the field and the lab, combining field work, phylogenetics and experimental approaches.