Purpose and Activities

The RCN, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a network of ecologists, evolutionary biologists and immunologists working to:

1) Develop new tools and techniques for characterizing immune defenses in free-living animals

2) Enhance breadth and depth of research questions

3) Establish new interdisciplinary collaborations

4) Stimulate outreach and training opportunities for scientists, high school teachers and the public.

Scientifically, we hope to provide novel perspectives to evolutionary biology and perhaps some fundamentals to the complex field of basic immunology.  Pedagogically, our network will provide experience for students and post-graduates on a variety of cutting-edge techniques in a burgeoning biological field, and it will expose high school teachers and the interested public to a field of truly integrative science.

Network activities have included:

  • Annual workshops to discuss and develop RCNE goals
  • Training exchanges between labs of network participants
  • Website development for communicating standardized techniques and RCNE activities to participants, interested scientists and the public
  • Symposia at scientific meetings and special issues in peer-reviewed journals for the broad scientific community
  • Development of inquiry-based K-12 ecoimmunology curricula by teachers following a hands-on experience in a participant lab
  • Implementation of K-12 curricula via continuing education workshops

Our past meetings have been great successes!

For additional information, please contact us at rdei.rcn@gmail.com

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