Virtual Darwin Day Lecture: Spatial Structure as a Mechanism for Diversity: coexistence, coinfection, and pathogen invasion
with Senay Yitbarek, Ph.D., USDA NIFA Fellow and Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC Department of Biology
moderated by Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation
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Friday, February 12, 2021
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Venue: Zoom webinar
Free; preregistration required
Spatial ecological patterns are ubiquitous in nature and have been observed across a range of systems from tropical systems to infectious diseases. Understanding the consequences of spatial ecological patterns has the potential to provide unique insights into emergent behaviors and ecosystem functioning. In the first part of my talk, I will discuss the role of spatial patterns in agroecosystems and their consequences for species coexistence. I will highlight emergent spatial ecological patterns and potential mechanisms they provide for species diversity. Next, I apply a spatial framework to more recent work on host-microbe interactions across different environments. Using an experimental-theoretical approach, I show how competitive differences among microbes emerge across well-mixed and spatial environments. Lastly, I will introduce a quantitative framework to measure higher-order interactions in microbial communities. This approach has the potential to deconstruct microbiota/host-complexity and guide future experimental studies involving tractable gut microbiota of insects.
This program will be offered via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to participants in the days leading up to the lecture.