Aquatic Ecology

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My interests in aquatic ecology are related to biodiversity and the consequences for disease transmission as well as the role of parasites in aquatic food webs. First, my research explores which aquatic organisms consume parasite free-living infective stages, such as trematode cercariae, and how the presence of these species can influence transmission. Secondly, I am collaborating on research investigating how the production of these free-living infective stages may represent a significant amount of biomass in freshwater ecosystems that can flow through the food web to free-living species.

Top L: Damselfly nymph, a potential parasite predator. Top R. Daphnia sp. zooplankton used in the construction of mesocosm experiments. Middle L: Cercariae of Echinostoma trivolvis. Middle R: Greenhouse mesocosms simulating multiple trophic level aquatic ecosystems to test community interactions on disease transmission. Bottom: Fingernail clams a potential parasite consumer.