Our group uses theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of species interactions and disease. We integrate eco-evolutionary processes in dynamical landscapes, which incorporates issues such as spatio-temporal variation in environmental conditions, disturbance and connectivity (dispersal). We also study cancer evolution, the evolution of social strategies and innovations. Our main experimental systems are protozoan model species (Tetrahymena, Paramecium) and their natural enemies (Didinium, Holospora), as well as bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and their lytic phages.
Michael Hochberg and collaborators have published an article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution on the importance of basic science. This paper stems from a symposium sponsored by the Société Française d'Ecologie at INTECOL in
Clara Torres-Barceló and EEC colleagues have published an article in PLoS ONE, investigating the impact of combined phage-antibiotic treatments on the nosocomial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Torres-Barceló C., Arias-Sanchez F., Vasse M., Ramsayer J., Kaltz O.
Alex Betts and EEC colleagues have published an article in PNAS, investigating patterns of coevolution of the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa with various phages. See also here, and here. Betts, A., O. Kaltz, and M.
EEC is currently hosting again Alexey Potekhin and Irina Nekrasova, for a collaboration with Oliver Kaltz. Alexey and Irina are professors at the Dept. of Microbiology at St Petersburg State University. During their stay, they will
Oliver Kaltz contributed to a paper by Eike Dusi and colleagues, investigating the impact of an exclusively vertically transmitted parasite on temperature reaction norms of the freshwater protozoan Paramecium tetraurelia. Dusi, E., S. Krenek, M. Schrallhammer,