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.
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,
Oliver Kaltz and colleagues from Cambridge published an article in PloS ONE, fitting a model to experimental data of parasite epidemics in the Paramecium-Holospora system. Lunn, D., R. J. Goudie, C. Wei, O. Kaltz, and
Bertrand Fournier published a paper in Molecular Ecology about the response of peatland testate amoebae to various hydrological conditions in a transplantation experiment. Marcisz, K., B. Fournier, D. Gilbert, M. Lamentowicz, and E. D. Mitchell.
Bertrand Fournier published a paper in Forensic Sience International on the potential of a group of soil protozoa as indicator of time since death in deciduous forests. Szelecz, I., B. Fournier, C. Seppey, J. Amendt,