- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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
- An article comparing resource allocation in native and invasive congeners during infection has been published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.
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.
- Three new PhD opportunities are available at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. The start dates are mid to late 2014. For more information and in-depth descriptions, please click the link above.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- The Department of Biology and the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Western Ontario are seeking to hire a new senior faculty member in the area of Adaptation to a Changing Environment. For more information, click here
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University is conducting a search for a new tenure track faculty member. They are seeking applicants with interests in measuring wildlife responses to environmental challenges (e.g., toxins, climate change, pathogens). The position is expected to be 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% outreach.
For the full announcement, please visit the the Iowa State jobs website and search for vacancy #131322.
- 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.