Disease Ecology Seminar: Sarah Knutie
This workshop will be presented via Zoom and features Dr. Sarah Knutie, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut. Dr. Knutie is the IDEAS student invited speaker for 2020.
Title: Finch in a pinch: effects of environmental change on endemic birds in the Galapagos Islands
Abstract: The overarching theme of the Knutie Lab is to understand how animals defend themselves against disease-causing parasites, particularly in response to environmental change. Her talk will take us to the Galapagos Islands, where she uses experimental field studies to determine the effects of an introduced parasitic nest fly on endemic birds, whether these naive birds can defend themselves against the parasite, and how recent urbanization is affecting host-parasite relationships. She will also talk about potential management strategies for the parasite.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Sarah Knutie is assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute for Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include disease biology, ecotoxicology, host-microbe interactions, environmental change, immunology, and animal behavior. Before UConn, Dr. Knutie completed a post-doc at the University of South Florida following her PhD in Biology at the University of Utah. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the UConn chapter of ESA seeds, is active in #scicomm on Twitter, and a lover of (indoor) cats.
Wednesday, October 21 at 12:30pm to 1:45pm