Seminar Series - USGS EcoLunch

USGS EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal and polished seminar presentations.

Upcoming 2016 Seminar

Date: January 19th
Time: 12 p.m.

Speaker(s): Pauline Kamath, USGS-NOROCK

Title: Host-pathogen evolution and disease transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface

Abstract: Hosts and their pathogens are inextricably linked and their eco-evolutionary interactions shape infectious disease dynamics. These disease processes and patterns occur across a wide range of organizational (within- to between-hosts), spatial (local outbreak to global pandemic) and temporal scales (time of individual infection to long-term evolution). My research uses genetic/genomic approaches to gain insight into host-pathogen evolution, and the drivers of disease emergence, transmission and spread across various scales. This talk will cover an overview of this work, with a particular focus on (1) how macroparasites and bacteria (Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax) influence immune gene diversity within and across plains zebra (Equus quagga) host populations; and (2) the evolutionary and transmission dynamics of brucellosis among livestock and wildlife populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.




Location: First Floor Conference Room "Madison Room"- NOROCK, 2327 University Way, Suite 2
(Click HERE for directions)

Webinar Info:

If you can not attend in person, you can still listen and watch from afar!

Link: Please access https://usgs.webex.com/ and search for (5) NOROCK EcoLunch. Note, you will be asked to install the latest version of Java.

Teleconference: Call-in: 712-775-7100
Access Code: 454897#


Upcoming Speakers:

January 19, Pauline Kamath, USGS-NOROCK
February 9, TBD
February 17, Lance McNew, MSU- Dept of Animal & Range Sciences
March 1, Tabitha Graves, USGS-NOROCK
March 17, Elliot Barnhart, USGS MT-WY WSC
March 29, Kristin Legg, NPS – GY I&M
April 12, Lindsey Albertson, MSU-Dept of Ecol
April 26, Siri Wilmoth, USGS-NOROCK
May 10, Steve Hostetler, USGS
May 24, Paul Cross, USGS-NOROCK





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USGS EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal and polished seminar presentations.