Disease Ecology Seminar: Lewis Bartlett
"UBI MEL, IBI APES: Where There’s Honey, There’s Bees — Scientific Cross-Pollination Between EEID and Apidology," Lewis Bartlett, postdoctoral scholar at UGA's Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Abstract: The industrialisation of agriculture has profoundly changed the dynamics of both crop and livestock pathogens. As the role of infectious diseases in determining honeybee population health becomes increasingly central to both honeybee management and wild pollinator conservation, understanding how modern beekeeping practices determine pathogen dynamics grows increasingly important. Recently, we published the first management-scale epidemiological modelling framework of honeybee pathogens, showing that certain aspects of apicultural industrialisation can’t easily explain increasing prevalence and severity of honeybee infectious diseases. However, we have new virological evidence that management history has a long-term effect on the pathogen burden of honeybee colonies, with implications for spillover and wider bee epidemiology at multiple scales. In this talk, we’ll cover recently published and upcoming work, marrying mathematical and computational models with observational and experimental empirical studies to start disentangling how practitioner decisions, undertaken by beekeepers in the USA, might be shaping bee pathogen landscape.
Wednesday, October 9 at 12:10pm to 1:20pm
Ecology Building, Seminar Room 117
140 E Green Street, Athens, GA 30602