Ecology and Evolution of Infection and Disease (EEID) Journal Club

Weekly meeting to discuss topical papers about ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, drawn from both new and older literature.
The topics could include:
– Pathogen/parasite and/or host evolution, immunity, virulence
– Pathogen/parasite transmission, behavioral manipulation
– Community level interactions impacting pathogens/diseases
– Spatial disease ecology
– Epizootiology/epiphytology, population genetics
– Emerging diseases
– Impact of climate change, extinction/extirpation on pathogens/parasites/diseases

Attendance and participation are open to anyone who is interested. The EEID Journal Club meets on Thursdays from 10:10-11:00 am in 2123 Comstock Hall (pending a possible schedule adjustment at our first meeting of the semester, if another time would work better for interested participants). Cornell students may enroll for credit under course number ENTOM 6900 or BioEE 6900.

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Fall 2019

Thurs, Dec 5: Joyce, AL, et al. Genetic variability of the Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquito in El Salvador, vector of dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika. Parasites & Vectors 11, 637 (2018) https://doi:10.1186/s13071-018-3226-5

Thurs, Nov 28: No meeting, Thanksgiving break

Thurs, Nov 21: Robinson, A., et al. Plasmodium-associated changes in human odor attract mosquitoesPNAS 115 (18) E4209-E4218;

Thurs, Nov 14: Visit from Prof. Andrew Dobson (Princeton), with article for context: Almberg, Emily S., et al., 2019. Infectious Diseases of Wolves in Yellowstone. National Park Service Special Series: Yellowstone Science, Vol 24 Issue 1: Celebrating 20 Years of Wolves. 

Thurs, Nov 7: Allan, Brian F., et al., 2010. Invasive honeysuckle eradication reduces tick-borne disease risk by altering host dynamics. PNAS 107 (43) 18523-18527;

Thurs, Oct 31: Casadevall, Arturo, et al., 2019. On the Emergence of Candida auris: Climate Change, Azoles, Swamps, and Birds. mBio 10 (4) e01397-19; DOI:

Thurs, Oct 24: Hall, Richard J., et al., 2015. Modeling the Effects of Resource-Driven Immune Defense on Parasite Transmission in Heterogeneous Host Populations. Integrative and Comparative Biology  59 (5) 1253-1263,

Thurs, Oct 17: Johnson, Pieter T. J., et al., 2015. Why infectious disease research needs community ecology. Science 349, 6252, 1259504. , Article number: 5258.

Thurs, Oct 10: Nicolet, K. J., et al., 2018. Predation scars may influence host susceptibility to pathogens: evaluating the role of corallivores as vectors of coral disease. Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 5258.

Thurs, Oct 3: Ferreire-Junior FC, et al., 2018. A new pathogen spillover from domestic to wild animals: Plasmodium juxtanucleare infects free-living passerines in Brazil. Parasitology 145, 1949-1958.

Thurs, Sept 26: Harvell, Drew. Excerpts from her book, Ocean Outbreak & Lamb, Joleah. Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes, and invertebrates. Science 355,731–733 (2017) 17 February 201.

Thurs, Sept 19: Belasen, Anat. Habitat fragmentation in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest is associated with erosion of frog immunogenetic diversity and increased fungal and apicomplexan infections. (Dissertation manuscript.)

Thurs, Sept 12: Alger, Samantha A., et al., 2019. RNA virus spillover from managed honeybees (Apismellifera) to wild bumblebees (Bombus spp.). PLoS ONE 14(6): e0217822.

Thurs, Sept 5: Organizational meeting


Spring 2019

Thurs, Apr 25:  ​Lentini G, Dos Santos Pacheco N, Burleigh BA. (2018) Targeting host mitochondria: A role for the Trypanosoma cruzi amastigote flagellum. Cell Microbiol. 20(2).doi: 10.1111/cmi.12807.

Tues, Apr 9: ​Panitz, C et al., 2019. Tolerances of Deinococcus geothermalis Biofilms and Planktonic Cells Exposed to Space and Simulated Martian Conditions in Low Earth Orbit for Almost Two Years. Astrobiology

​Thurs, Mar 28:  ​Devevey G, Dang T, Graves CJ, Murray S, Brisson D. First arrived takes all: inhibitory priority effects dominate competition between co-infecting Borrelia burgdorferi strains. BMC Microbiol. 2015 Mar 7;15:61.

Thurs, Mar 21:  ​Dodson BL, Hughes GL, Paul O, Matacchiero AC, Kramer LD, Rasgon JL (2014) Wolbachia Enhances West Nile Virus (WNV) Infection in the Mosquito Culex tarsalis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(7): e2965.

Thurs, Mar 14:  ​McCoy, KD, T Boulinier, C Tirard and Y Micalakis (2001) Host specificity of a generalist parasite: genetic evidence of sympatric host races in the seabird tick Ixodes uriae Journal of Evolutionary Biology 14:395

Thurs, Mar 7:  ​Clarke DJ. The genetic basis of the symbiosis between Photorhabdus and its
invertebrate hosts.
 Adv Appl Microbiol. 2014;88:1-29.

Thurs, Feb 28:  Debes PV, Gross R, Vasemägi A. Quantitative Genetic Variation in, and
Environmental Effects on, Pathogen Resistance and Temperature-Dependent Disease
Severity in a Wild Trout. Am Nat. 2017 Aug;190(2):244-265. doi: 10.1086/692536.​

Thurs, Feb 21:  Pearson T,  Sahl J,  Hepp C,  Handady K,  et al. (2019). Pathogen to commensal: longitudinal within-host population dynamics, evolution, and adaptation during a chronic >16-year Burkholderia pseudomallei infection bioRxiv 552109

Thurs, Feb 14:  Masri L, Branca A, Sheppard AE, Papkou A, Laehnemann D, Guenther PS, et al. (2015) Host– Pathogen Coevolution: The Selective Advantage of Bacillus thuringiensis Virulence and Its Cry Toxin Genes. PLoS Biol 13(6): e1002169. doi:10.1371/ journal.pbio.1002169

Thurs, Feb 7:  Vaumourin E, Laine AL. (2018) Role of Temperature and Coinfection in Mediating Pathogen Life-History Traits. Front Plant Sci. 9:1670. doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01670.

Thurs, Jan 31:  ​Flórez LV, Scherlach K, Gaube P, Ross C, Sitte E, Hermes C, Rodrigues A, Hertweck C, Kaltenpoth M. (2017) Antibiotic-producing symbionts dynamically transition between plant pathogenicity and insect-defensive mutualism. Nat Commun. 8:15172.

Thurs, Jan 24:  Childs LM, Cai FY, Kakani EG, Mitchell SN, Paton D, Gabrieli P, Buckee CO, Catteruccia F. (2016) Disrupting Mosquito Reproduction and Parasite Development for Malaria Control. PLoS Pathog. 12(12):e1006060.


Fall 2018

Tues, Nov 13:  Hector Aguilar-Carreno, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University, will present some of his research on the mechanisms of cell fusion and entry used by Nipah Virus.

​Tues, Oct 30: Betts, A., Gray, C., Zelek, M., MacLean, R. C., & King, K. C. (2018). High parasite diversity accelerates host adaptation and diversification. Science, 360(6391), 907–911

Tues, Oct 23: Berg M, Koskella B. Nutrient- and Dose-Dependent Microbiome-Mediated Protection against a Plant Pathogen. Current Biology. 2018;28(15):2487-2492.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.085.

Tues, Oct 16: Wendling CC, Wegner KM. Adaptation to enemy shifts: rapid resistance evolution to local Vibrio spp. in invasive Pacific oysters. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2015;282(1804):20142244. doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.2244.

Tues, Oct 9:  No meeting, Fall Break

Tues, Oct 2:  Vilcinskas, A., K. Stoecker, H. Schmidtberg, C. Röhrich, and H. Vogel. 2013. Invasive harlequin ladybird carries biological weapons against native competitors. Science 340: 862-863.
Supporting paper: Young, H. S., I. M. Parker, G. S. Gilbert, A. Sofia Guerra, and C. L. Nunn. 2017. Introduced Species, Disease Ecology, and Biodiversity–Disease Relationships. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 41-54.

​Tues, Sept 25: Discussion of different aspects of Trichinella spiralis (life cycle, immune response, epidemiology and prevention, etc.)

Tues, Sept 18: Johnson PT, Calhoun DM, Stokes AN, Susbilla CB, McDevitt‐Galles T, Briggs CJ, Hoverman JT, Tkach VV, de Roode JC. Of poisons and parasites—the defensive role of tetrodotoxin against infections in newts. Journal of Animal Ecology. 2018 Jul;87(4):1192-204.

Tues, Sept 11: Discussion of Nipah Virus history and transmission.

Tues, Sept 4: Lumley SF, McNaughton AL, Klenerman P, Lythgoe KA and Matthews PC (2018) Hepatitis B Virus Adaptation to the CD8+ T Cell Response: Consequences for Host and Pathogen. Front. Immunol. 9:1561. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.01561

Tues, Aug 28: Organizational meeting


Spring 2018

Thurs, Apr 19: 
Discussion of draft manuscript being prepared by Wesley Hachachka. See email for link to manuscript.

Thurs, Apr 12:
Miller, C. V. L., & Cotter, S. C. (2018). Resistance and tolerance: The role of nutrients on pathogen dynamics and infection outcomes in an insect host. Journal of Animal Ecology,87(2), 500–510.

Thurs, Mar 29:
Round table discussion on Lassa Fever

Thurs, Mar 22: 
Foltz, C., Napolitano, A., Khan, R., Clough, B., Hirst, E. M., & Frickel, E. M.(2017) TRIM21 is critical for survival of Toxoplasma gondii infection and localises to GBP-positive parasite vacuoles. Scientific Reports7(1), 1–13. 

Thurs, Mar 15:
Parker et al. (2011) 110 Years of Avipoxvirus in the Galapagos Islands. PLoS One 6:e15989

Thurs, Mar 8: 
Stutz, William E., Andrew R. Blaustein, Cheryl J. Briggs, Jason T. Hoverman, Jason R. Rohr, and Pieter TJ Johnson. (2017) Using multi‐response models to investigate pathogen coinfections across scales: Insights from emerging diseases of amphibians. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 00:1-12.

Thursday, Mar 1:
Tiee MS, Harrigan RJ, Thomassen HA, Smith TB. 
Ghosts of infections past: using archival samples to understand a century of monkeypox virus prevalence among host communities across space and time. R Soc Open Sci. 5:171089.

Thursday, Feb 22:
​Bates et al (2018) 
Amphibian chytridiomycosis outbreak dynamics are linked with host skin bacterial community structure. Nature Communications 9:693​

Thursday, Feb 15:
de Bekker et al. (2017) 
Ant-infecting Ophiocordyceps genomes reveal a high diversity of potential behavioral manipulation genes and a possible major role for enterotoxins. Scientific Reports 7:12508.

Thursday, Feb 8:
Ehrmann et al. (2018) Habitat properties are key drivers of 
Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) prevalence in Ixodes ricinus populations of deciduous forest fragments. Parasites & Vectors 11:23.

Thursday, Feb 1:
​Organizational meeting
Discussion on short paper recently published in Science
LambJB, Eillis BE, Fiorenza EA, Couch CS, Howard R, Rader DN,et al. (2018) Plastic waste associated with disease on coral reefs. Science 6374:460-462. doi 10.1126/science.aar3320

Fall 2017

Thursday, Nov 30:
Tate AT, Andolfatto P, Demuth JP, Graham AL. (2017) The within host dynamics of infection in trans-generationally primed flour beetles. Molecular Ecology. 26(14): 3794-3807.

Thursday, Nov 16:
Taylor-Mulneix DL, Bendor L, Linz B, Rivera I, Ryman VE, Dewan KK, Wagner SM, Wilson EF, Hilburger LJ, Cuff LE, West CM, Harvill ET. (2017) Bordetella bronchiseptica exploits the complex life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum as an amplifying transmission vector. PLoS Biol. 15(4):e2000420

Thursday, Nov 9:
Moreno-García, M., Vargas, V., Ramírez-Bello, I., Hernández-Martínez, G., & Lanz-Mendoza, H. (2015). Bacterial exposure at the larval stage induced sexual immune dimorphism and priming in adult Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes. Plos one, 10(7), e0133240.

Thursday, Nov 2:
Biek R, Pybus OG, Lloyd-Smith JO, Didelot X. Measurably evolving pathogens in the genomic era. Trends Ecol Evol. 2015 Jun;30(6):306-13. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.03.009.

Thursday, Oct 26:
Theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B: “Opening the black box: re-examining the ecology and evolution of parasite transmission“. 

Thursday, Oct 19:
Dobson A.  “Misconceptions and Emerging Pathogens: What Can Mathematical Models Tell Us?

Thursday, Oct 19:
Dobson A.  “Misconceptions and Emerging Pathogens: What Can Mathematical Models Tell Us?

Stoddard, Steven T., et al. “House-to-house human movement drives dengue virus transmission.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110.3 (2013): 994-999.

Thursday, Oct 5:
Carrillo-Bustamante P, Keşmir C, de Boer RJ. (2015) A Coevolutionary Arms Race between Hosts and Viruses Drives Polymorphism and Polygenicity of NK Cell Receptors. Mol Biol Evol. 32(8):2149-60. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv096

Thursday, Sept 28:
Hamrick PN et al. (2017) Geographic patterns and environmental factors associated with human yellow fever presence in the Americas. PLoS NTD 211(9):e0005897  doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005897

Thursday, Sept 21:
Kerr, Peter J., et al. (2017) Next step in the ongoing arms race between myxoma virus and wild rabbits in Australia is a novel disease phenotype. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114:9397–9402, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1710336114

Thursday, Sept 14:
Round table discussion on preliminary results from an invertebrate vector-seagrass experiment conducted this summer by Olivia Graham
Background reading:

E. Clemens, M.E. Brandt (2015) Multiple mechanisms of transmission of the Caribbean coral disease white plague Coral Reefs 34:1179-1188

Thursday, Sept 7:
Becker DJ, Streicker DG, Altizer S. (2015) ​Linking anthropogenic resources to wildlife-pathogen dynamics: a review and meta-analysis. Ecol Lett. 2015 May;18(5):483-95. doi: 10.1111/ele.12428.

Tuesday, Aug 29:
​Organizational meeting

Spring 2017:

Tuesday, May 2:
Round table discussion on chronic infection
Sandra Lass, Peter J. Hudson, Juilee Thakar, Jasmina Saric, Eric Harvill, Réka Albert, Sarah E. Perkins (2013) Generating super-shedders: co-infection increases bacterial load and egg production of a gastrointestinal helminth. J. R. Soc. Interface 10:20120588

Tuesday, Apr 25:
Round table discussion on chronic infection

Tuesday, Apr 11:
Clark, N. J., Wells, K., Dimitrov, D. and Clegg, S. M. (2016) ‘Co-infections and environmental conditions drive the distributions of blood parasites in wild birds’, Journal of Animal Ecology. Edited by B. Hoye, 85(6), pp. 1461–1470. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12578.

March 28:
Takao Y, Tomaru Y, Nagasaki K, Honda D (2015) Ecological Dynamics of Two Distinct Viruses Infecting Marine Eukaryotic Decomposer Thraustochytrids (Labyrinthulomycetes, Stramenopiles). PLoS ONE 10(7): e0133395. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0133395

March 21:
Cizauskas, Carrie A., et al. “Gastrointestinal helminths may affect host susceptibility to anthrax through seasonal immune trade-offs.” BMC ecology 14.1 (2014): 27

March 7:
Taracena et al 2015 Genetically modifying the insect gut microbiota to control Chagas disease vectors through systemic RNAi. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9:e0003358.
February 28:
Benaets K et al. 2017 Covert deformed wing virus infections have long-term deleterious effects on honeybee foraging and survival. Proc. R. Soc. B 284 : 20162149

February 14:
Young HS, Parker IM, Gilbert GS, Guerra AS, Nunn CL. “Introduced species, disease ecology, and biodiversity–disease relationships.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(1), 41-54

February 7:
Johnson, P. T., Preston, D. L., Hoverman, J. T., & LaFonte, B. E. (2013). Host and parasite diversity jointly control disease risk in complex communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(42), 16916-16921.

January 31:
Neal LM, Knoll LJ (2014) Toxoplasma gondii Profilin Promotes Recruitment of Ly6ChiCCR2+ Inflammatory Monocytes That Can Confer Resistance to Bacterial Infection.
PLoS Pathog 10(6): e1004203. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1004203