Disease Ecology Seminar: Scott Carver
"The ecology and control of sarcoptic mange in wombats," Scott Carver, Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology, University of Tasmania
Abstract: Some of the most critical pathogens of wildlife involve environmental transmission. Emblematic of this is sarcoptic mange disease impacting bare-nosed wombats in Australia. The etiologic agent of mange disease, the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, occurs worldwide, has been documented to infect >100 species across 10 mammalian orders, and is among the 30 most prevalent diseases of humans (scabies). In Australia this mite was evidently introduced by European settlers and causes significant welfare issues to wombats, periodic epizootics and population declines. There remains much to be learned about this environmentally transmitted wildlife disease and how to manage it. I will summarise the efforts of my research group to uncover the impacts and epidemiology of mange disease in wombats, and our efforts to establish feasible in situ disease control. Our research spans within and between individual effects to population-scales, invasion history, modelling, and applied management.
Wednesday, August 21 at 12:10pm to 1:20pm
Ecology Building, 117
140 E Green Street, Athens, GA 30602