Evolution on the edge: a model system for evolution on invasion fronts
Grant number: DP160101730 | Funding period: 2016 - 2019
This project aims to develop a shared experimental platform, using the well-studied ecological model, Daphnia, to test emergent predictions about evolution on invasion fronts. Evolution happens rapidly on invasion fronts, accelerating the speed and potentially the damage caused by an invasion. By manipulating invasions through an experimental landscape, the project aims to answer currently infeasible questions, including whether pathogens become more virulent as they spread, and whether evolutionary trade-offs place limits on spread rate. This work would dramatically improve our understanding of biological invasions and may have implications for the management of phenomena ranging from emerg..View full description
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Energetic scaling across different host densities and its consequences for pathogen proliferation
Louise Solveig Norgaard, Giulia Ghedini, Ben L Phillips, Matthew D Hall
The spread of infectious disease is determined by the ability of a pathogen to proliferate within and spread between susceptible h..
Infection in patchy populations: Contrasting pathogen invasion success and dispersal at varying times since host colonization
Louise S Norgaard, Ben L Phillips, Matthew D Hall
Repeated extinction and recolonization events generate a landscape of host populations that vary in their time since colonization...
Can pathogens optimize both transmission and dispersal by exploiting sexual dimorphism in their hosts?
Louise Solveig Norgaard, Ben L Phillips, Matthew D Hall
Pathogens often rely on their host for dispersal. Yet, maximizing fitness via replication can cause damage to the host and an asso..