News

  • Penny is going to the Jacques Monod Conference on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease –  Everyone else is jealous…
  • Sarah Guth has joined as a 2017 Grad student – Welcome!!!
  • Rotem has moved into a research position in industry -We’ll all miss you!
  • Lewis is off to ESA in Portland
  • Mike, Senay and Ryosuke are off to Vectorbite 2017
  • Carly is off to Italy for fieldwork and then to the SMB
  • Great visit by Anna-Liisa Laine talking eco-evolution in metapopulations
  • Ben and Mike have a new paper  in Ecology letters on Multi-mode fluctuating selection in host-parasite coevolution. – shows equally specific matching allele like fluctuations as subset really of a variable specificity (gene-for-gene) model.
  • Matt Silk has been and gone via EEID – more network models of Badger TB were done…
  • Ryosuke rocked EEID with his talk on differential host and parasite dispersal: altruism and spite.
  • Ben, Carly, Matt, Laura, Elisa, Ryosuke, Senay all off to EEID: Rotem at a wedding, Mike waiting for Elliot.
  • Congratulations to Senay on his newest paper – looking at how the foraging plasticity of an invasive ant may be the key to how invasive it is. Read the full paper here.
  • We’d like to welcome Senay Yitbarek to the lab! Senay has joined us as a post-doctoral fellow following the completion of his PhD in Michigan, and will be developing multi-pathogen experiments in our Plodia system as well as network-based disease models.
  • Congratulations to Penny on her recent paper on the role of zoophilic Anopheles and malaria transmission – read the full paper here
  • We would like to a say big and fond farewell to Sean Meaden, who is moving on to his next post-doc position with University of Exeter. Sean has done some fantastic work on our Plodia system, and we look forward to seeing the final papers. Safe journey home Sean.
  • Congratulations to Rotem on her newest paper! Understanding why different individuals have different viral loads in Dengue infections – read it here (open access).
  • Both Elisa and Lewis delivered evolution and ecology themed lessons as part of Splash! at Berkeley  –  themes included ‘The Biology of Skin Colour in People’, ‘Evolution of HIV’ and ‘Basics of Bee Biology’.
  • We are sad to say farewell to our visiting collaborator Matt Silk – Matt was visiting for a month to outline work with Carly Rozins on understanding how contact networks in badgers influence the transmission of bovine-TB within the population. We look forward to the future results!
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  • Lewis has co-authored a new paper assessing the ability of agriculture to reduce demand for pollination whilst still improving yields and produce quality – read the original article here here (open access) or read a news story summary here.
  • Well done Carly for her new paper on how industrial farming can drive evolution to high virulence in pathogens! Read about it here (open access).
  • Congratulations to Penny and Mike on their new paper on co-use of repellents and insecticides to combat evolved resistance in malaria mosquitos – read about it here (news article) with the original paper available here (open access).
  • A (belated) congratulations to Elisa on the publishing of her influenza mutation research – read it here (open access).
  • Rotem Ben-Shachar has arrived to begin her shared postdoctoral position here at UC Berkeley, joint with the Harris lab. Welcome Rotem!
  • Ryosuke Iritani has arrived to begin his postdoctoral research with the Boots Lab – welcome Ryo!
  • Lewis has a new paper out looking at synergistic effects of habitat loss and fragmentation  – read it here (open access).
  • We’d like to thank our departing visiting professor – Min Su – for her excellent contribution to the lab group this last year. Safe journey home Min!
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  • Carly Rozins has arrived to begin her Postdoctoral Research here at the Boots lab – welcome Carly!
  • Laura’s 3rd ebola paper has been published – read it here (open access).
  • Ben’s first invited talk in Lund! BLAM2016_poster.
  • Congratulations to Senay Yitbarek who has won an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology and will join the lab this summer to work on moths and models.
  • Elisa Visher has accepted a place in the IB Graduate School and will join us next year to work on moths and models.
  • Our Deformed wing virus paper is out  – Well done Lena!
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