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IB SEMINAR: Dr. Jason Rohr, University of South Florida
Monday, October 17, 2016, 04:00pm - 05:00pm
Contact schaffer@austin.utexas.edu

TITLE: "Dispelling the controversy surrounding biodiversity-infectious disease relationships"

 

HOST: Decio Correa

Short description: The dilution effect hypothesis proposes that reductions in biodiversity and increases in disease outbreaks are causally linked, such that diverse communities inhibit the abundance of parasites. However, the generality of the dilution effect hypothesis remains controversial, especially for zoonotic diseases of humans. In this talk, I will establish the generality of the dilution effect though a meta-analysis, the contexts under which dilution will and will not be detected, mechanisms and traits of species that facilitate dilution, and how this new found understanding of dilution effects is being used to control the neglected tropical disease of humans, schistosomiasis.

Location: MBB 1.210