"Extreme Competence: Keystone Hosts of Infections" published in TREE!

Our synthesis on the sources of heterogeneity underlying extremely competent hosts (superspreaders etc.) is now online early in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (Impact Factor 15.938)! The paper was developed during a 2-day workshop on extreme competence held at Deakin University early 2018, that Drs. Laura Grogan and Alison Peel from our team attended. Citation and link: Lynn B. Martin, BriAnne Addison, Andrew G.D. Bean, Katherine L. Buchanan, Ondi L. Crino, Justin R. Eastwood, Andrew S. Flies, Rodrigo Hamede, Geoffrey E. Hill, Marcel Klaassen, Rebecca E. Koch, Johanne M. Martens, Constanza Napolitano, Edward J. Narayan, Lee Peacock, Alison J. Peel, Anne Peters, Nynke Raven, Alice Risely, Mi

Funded! Dr. Laura Grogan awarded New Researcher Grant!

Dr. Laura Grogan is excited to have been awarded $14,890 under the 2019 Griffith University New Researcher Grant Scheme for the project “A metabolomic investigation of the amphibian fungal skin disease, chytridiomycosis”! Chytridiomycosis is a fatal fungal skin disease of amphibians that has caused unprecedented species’ declines and extinctions worldwide. It is unclear why some individuals and species succumb to disease, while others can tolerate equivalent infectious burdens without detrimental effects. The aim of this project is to investigate the hypothesis that the depletion of key metabolites in late-stage chytridiomycosis is associated with immunopathology and subsequent mortality of

New article published in The Conversation: Ross River virus and wildlife

Our PhD candidate, Eloise Stephenson, teamed up with researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Tasmania to write an article on how Australian wildlife spread and supress Ross River virus. Ross River virus is a significant public health challenge in Australia, and treating humans alone is not enough to stop the spread of the virus altogether. We need complimentary strategies to reduce Ross River virus transmission and animal ecology may be an important piece of the puzzle. For zoonotic diseases, we often look towards animals responsible for the spread of an infection, but there are also animals which dilute infections and act as dead-end hosts. For the full article head here:

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