IGN 16-6
Disease in the fortress: Social insects as a model system for disease dynamics

Friday, August 14, 2015
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Lauren Quevillon, Penn State University
How do local heterogeneities impact disease dynamics across an entire system? Linking disease dynamics across scales remains a major imperative for disease ecology research. Social insects, which can be experimentally manipulated and infected, provide a tractable model system for investigating how heterogeneities across scales integrate to impact disease dynamics from the individual to the entire colony. I will highlight the capabilities of using social insects and some open questions in disease ecology they can aid in solving.