Past News

 April 2015

  • Research from Ken Fedorka’s lab at the University of Central Florida, and presented at the 2014 RCNE annual meeting in Woods Hole, MA was featured on TheScientist.  Check it out here.

January 2015

  • A story in the New York Times on 12 January highlighted important work being done at Bucknell University to further understanding of bat responses to white-nose syndrome.  Read the full story here.
  • A study performed by Amber Brace, Sam Sheikali and Lynn (Marty) Martin examining the dose-dependent costs of immunity in Anolis sagrei was recently published in Functional Ecology.
    Read the full article here.

 November 2014

  • The University of Copenhagen has two available Ph.D. scholarships available in host-pathogen interactions in relation to pesticide exposure.  The application deadline is 1 January 2015 and the positions will start in April/May 2015.  For more information, contact Dr. Brian Lund Fredensborg at
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory has a new postdoc opportunity in environmental monitoring and ecotoxicological effects on avian population biology, ideally to start in January 2015.  For more information, follow the job link here.

October 2014

  • The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama is hiring for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Integrative Ecoimmunology.

For more information, click here.

September 2014

  • The proceedings from the Ecoimmunology symposium at SICB 2014 have been published in Integrative and Comparative Biology.  You can find the table of contents here.

August 2014

  • A study presented by Vanessa Ezenwa at the Animal Behavior Society meeting on the relationship between parasite load and social status in Grant’s gazelles was highlighted in Science.  Check it out here!

 July 2014

  • Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Downs, the new postdoc/graduate student representative for the DEDE at SICB! Cynthia is a postdoc in the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • New research published in Nature by Drs. Taegan McMahon, Jason Rohr and colleagues showing that amphibians can acquire resistance to live and dead Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) to overcome fungal immunosuppression received a write up in the New York Times.
TA McMahon, BF Sears, MD Venesky, SM Bessler, JM Brown, K Deutsch, NT Halstead, G Lentz, N Tenouri, S Young, DJ Civitello, N Ortega, JS Fites, LK Reinert, LA Rollins-Smith, TR Raffel & JR Rohr.  Amphibians acquire resistance to live and dead fungus overcoming fungal immunosuppression.  Nature. 511: 224-227

 May 2014

CAC Coon, AJ Brace, SR McWilliams, MD McCue & LB Martin.  Introduced and native congeners use different resource allocation strategies to maintain physical performance during infection. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 87(4): 559-567.

 April 2014

  • A new M.Sc. or Ph.D. position is available in the thermal ecophysiology of amphibian-parasite interactions.  The position is a collaboration between Ryerson and Brock Universities and the labs of Dr. Janet Koprivnikar and Dr. Glenn Tattersall, based at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.
  • A book on the evolutionary aspects and future perspectives of ecoimmunology edited by Davide Malagoli and Enzo Ottaviani is now available.  Check out the online version here.
  • The RCNE 2014 Woods Hole meeting program is now available for download.  Presentations will be made available online soon!

March 2014

  • A new PhD position based at Monash University with Dr. Anne Peters in Melbourne, AUS is available studying the ecoimmunology of purple-crowned fairy-wrens. Experience in molecular genetic techniques and/or advanced quantitative skills are highly desirable. For more information, please visit their website.
  • An article on the importance of cytokines for ecoimmunology studies has been published in Functional Ecology.

    LM Zimmerman, RM Bowden, LA Vogel. In press. A vertebrate cytokine primer for eco-immunologists. Functional Ecology.  
  • The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists is being held July 24-27 in New Orleans, LA at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. Members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters. The deadline to submit is March 24, 2014. For more information, see their website.

 February 2014

  • The Center and the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University are inviting applications for two open rank faculty positions for cancer research. The university is making a major commitment to developing the field of Evolutionary Medicine and is planning to recruit up to 8 faculty members for a new Center for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. For more information, see their posting here.

 January 2014

  • A session on the eco-immunology of invertebrates is being organized as part of the 2014 European Congress of Entomology being held in York, UK August 3-8. The keynote speaker will be David Schneider from Stanford University. For more information, visit their meeting page.
  • The Ecological Society of America has approved the establishment of the Disease Ecology Section.  The inaugural meeting for the new section will take place this year in Sacramento at the 2014 ESA conference.  The Disease Ecology Section will be listed on the 2015 membership forms that will go out in September of this year.Congratulations to organizer Dr. Jason Rohr!
  • The new Division of Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology (DEDE) has been officially accepted into the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.  Check out the write-up in Science.

  • Also mentioned in the Science short was the successful Methods and Mechanisms in Ecoimmunology symposium organized by Cynthia Downs, Greg Demas and James Adelman at the 2014 SICB meeting in Austin, Texas.


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