F&ES 768b / 2017-2018

Pests, Pathogens & Parasites in Natural and Managed Systems

Credits: 2

Spring 2018: Tu, 9:00-10:20, Kroon 321
Spring OCI Listing    

Insect and microbial natural enemies play an integral role in shaping ecological communities, but receive much less attention than more charismatic megafauna. In this seminar, we discuss the good, the bad, and the truly disgusting. Weekly meetings focus on student-led discussions of recent scientific articles. Topics include parasites as indicators of ecosystem health; climate change and insect herbivore outbreaks in temperate forests; the role of pathogens in maintaining tropical forest diversity; disease spillover between natural and managed systems; how escape from enemies contributes to the success of invasive species; emerging infectious diseases in wildlife; and parasitic mind control. Students gain a better understanding of species interactions in ecological communities and the importance of considering those interactions when making conservation and management decisions.
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