April 19 2017

12:00 LSB 2320

Michael Boots
Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Implications of evolution in infectious disease: drivers of diversity, mate-choice and sustainable control strategies


Recent epidemics highlight that infectious disease continues to exert a considerable human health burden alongside significant impacts on agriculture and natural systems. Evolution and coevolution of hosts and their infectious disease agents plays a central role in these impacts and in disease management and control. A key aim of my lab is to understand these evolutionary drivers and implications through the application of evolutionary theory. I’ll illustrate this by describing recent work using (1) general theory on how infectious disease may drive host and parasite diversity, (2) how coevolution is critical to the impact of infectious disease on mate choice and (3) how inevitable evolution may be harnessed in the development of sustainable chemical control of vector mosquitoes.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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