RESEARCH

Ecological Research

NEMATOMORPH PREVALENCE AND FUNCTIONAL EFFECTS ON INSECTS IN EAST-CENTRAL INDIANA.

Parasitic worms in the phylum Nematomorpha have complex life cycles and spend time absorbing nutrients and growing to relatively large sizes before escaping from the abdomen of their hosts and entering aquatic environments. We are interested in the range of hosts that nematomorphs infect, how they alter the functioning of their host, and how altered host functioning cascades to other parts of the ecosystem

TREMATODE EFFECTS ON SNAIL METABOLISM AND NUTRIENT RECYCLING

  

Worms in the phylum Platyhelminthes spend part of their life cycle in a mollusk host where they often multiply while taking nutrients from their hosts. We are interested in whether the trematodes alter the behavior, shape, and metabolic functioning of their snail host and how these parasite-host interactions scale up to entire pond and stream ecosystems.

EFFECTS OF PHARMACEUTICALS, PESTICIDES, AND NANOMATERIALS ON SPECIES INTERACTIONS

Our natural waterways have a cocktail of potential contaminants that may affect animal behavior, life history, and population dynamics. We are interested in scaling these effects up to ecosystems using both model organisms like snails and Daphnia spp., and locally abundant invertebrate communities.

MOSQUITO SURVEILLANCE ACROSS INDIANA

  

We collaborate with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to survey mosquitos across the state to monitor arboviruses that affect humans and animals.

 

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