Effects of pH and Temperature Variability on Fungal Pathogen Development and Population Survival in Daphnia

For this project, based in the lab of Dr. John Drake, Trianna Humphrey worked with Tad Dallas to study the effect of changing environmental conditions on a host-parasite relationship. Trianna Humphrey, Tougaloo College Tad Dallas, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia  Extreme environmental conditions can have an influence on host-parasite relationships and capable of

Identifying Chagas Disease Reservoirs with PCR and Next-generation DNA Sequencing

For this project, students Nicolas Means from Oklahoma State University and Darlisha Owens from Grambling State University, teamed up with Dr. Travis Glenn in the Department of Environmental Health Science and Dr. Nicole Gottdenker in Veterinary Medicine to use next-generation DNA sequencing to identify disease reservoirs. Nicolas J. Means1, Darlisha Owens2, Troy Kieran3, Travis C.

Density and colonization dynamics of gut bacteria essential for development of the African malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae

Jacob Gafranek, a student at Xavier University, worked with Dr. Michael Strand and graduate student mentor Kerri Coon in the UGA Entomology Department, to look at the gut microbiota of a mosquito disease vector. Jacob T. Gafranek1, Kerri L. Coon2, Michael R. Strand2 1 Xavier University 2 University of Georgia Gut bacteria are ubiquitous among

Effects of temperature on larval immunity

2013 student Kaela Caballero worked with Professor Sonia Altizer and graduate student Alexa Fritzsche to investigate the effect of temperature on immunity to parasites in monarch butterfly larvae.   Abstract Recent studies indicate that environmental factors, particularly temperature, can affect the outcome of host-parasite interactions, with implications for predicting pathogen responses and parasite development to