We study the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of infectious disease in natural populations. Research in the lab is focused on understanding the impact of infectious disease on host abundance and distribution in natural populations, and how these ecological effects intersect with the evolution of important host and pathogen traits such as transmission and resistance. We use plants and their fungal pathogens as powerful model systems for investigating these questions.

Latest publications

Latest publications

Nov 2018.  New paper out in Evolution with Ian Miller: The role of infectious disease in the evolution of females: Evidence from anther‐smut disease on a gynodioecious alpine carnation

July 2018. New paper out in Journal of Ecology: Is there a disease-free halo at species range limits?  The co-distribution of anther-smut and its hosts.

June 2018. New paper with Ben Ashby published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B: The evolution of juvenile susceptibility to infectious disease

June 2018. New paper published in American Journal of Botany: Effect of anther-smut disease caused by the fungal pathogen Microbotryum on the pre-flowering growth of its host Silene latifolia.  

 

June 2018. David's thesis paper on anther-smut in Silene baccifera is published in Plant Pathology: Anther-smut disease caused by Microbotryum on berry campion Silene baccifera: endemic pathogen or host-shift? 

August 2018. Our experimental plants have been donkey'ed down the mountain for overwintering.

Contact

University of Virginia

Dept. of Biology

051 Gilmer Hall

454 McCormick Ave

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tel 434-243-5077

elb5m@virginia.edu

ebruns@umd.edu

Census of long-term plot near Rifugio Garelli in the Parco Naturale del Marguareis, Italy.  July 16-28, 2019

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