CIE Seminar Series – 2020: A crash course in Disease Ecology with special reference to COVID-19

SPEAKER: Alfred Deakin Professor Marcel Klaassen, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Geelong

DATE: Friday, 27th March 2020

TIME: 1:30pm-2:30pm

LOCATION: Seminar was live streamed and one can view the recording HERE


Using excerpts from my SLE354 unit “Disease Ecology and Epidemiology” and the most recent information on COVID19 from the primary literature, I will address the following questions:

  • Where does COVID-19 come from?
  • Will it become more virulent over time?
  • What are the transmission characteristics?
  • How to manage it?
  • Can we avoid pandemics from happening again?

Without promising definitive answers, I hope this seminar will provide more scientific context and possibly reassurance to what is currently dramatically impacting our lives.


Alfred Deakin Prof. Marcel Klaassen has developed broad research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa.

Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on topics in bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecology.

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