SPEAKER: Prof Lynn (Marty) Martin, Department of Integrative Biology
University of South Florida, Florida
DATE: Friday, 23rd March 2018
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 (green room)
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ABSTRACT. Some individuals are better able than others to impact the communities where they reside. For instance, super spreaders disproportionately infect susceptible hosts in populations and might often be instigators of disease outbreaks. Likewise, colonizers of new areas are most likely a non-random sub-sample of populations; those individuals with particular physiological and behavioral traits are more likely to expand the native and introduced ranges of species. In my talk, I’ll describe work we’ve done with West Nile virus super-spreading in response to various stressors, and I’ll also discuss what we’ve learned about variation in immunity, stress responses, neophilic behavior and other traits that have helped the ubiquitous house sparrow colonize Kenya, Senegal, and other parts of the world.
BIO. Marty is an integrative animal biologist, predominantly working on songbirds to understand what individual traits facilitate i) the spreading of diseases, and ii) colonization of new areas. He is a Professor at the University of South Florida, having earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and serving as a postdoc in Physiology and Neuroscience at The Ohio State University.
For more info: http://lbmartin.myweb.usf.edu/Martin_lab_at_USF/People.html
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