The Elderd Lab

Lab News and Notes

Fall 2016

•  The lab spent a busy summer doing research and presenting at a number of meetings including the Evolution meeting, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) meeting, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) meeting.

•  Ben moved from LSU to start a new position at the University of California, San Diego working with Ryan Hechinger and Johnathan Shurin.  He traded the sun of Baton Rouge for more sun and, more importantly, for surf.

•  Interested in combining ideas at the interface of human and ecological systems.  The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) may be what you are looking for.  They have interesting courses and opportunities for graduate student on up.  

Spring 2016

•  Have the need to combine Bayes and Integral Projection Models? See Elderd and Miller, which was just published in Ecologial Monographs.

•  Andrew Flick and others published a meta-analysis on the effects of pathogen-infected prey (i.e., poor quality prey) on predators in Oikos (Editor's Choice).  Andrew proved that mom was right and you shouldn't just eat junk food.

•  Spent a week at the University of Puerto Rico as an instructor in their Topicos in Biologia course.  On top of that, I got to spend some time with Miquel Acevedo and David Clark catching lizards in El Yunque National Forest and playing in a bioluminescenct bay.

•  Interesting editorial/blog post on science funding in Robert Krulwich's National Geographic blog.

Spring/Summer 2017

•  Maybe eating a sick relative isn't so bad after all.  Ben Van Allen along with folks from the Elderd lab and Volker Rudolf at Rice University just published a paper in The American Naturalist looking at how cannibalism can limit the spread of a disease in a population.  Cannibalism may even be more effective than selective culling.  

Have a listen to Ben's interview on Scientific American's 60-second science podcast or coverage on Lousiana: The State We're In at 10:30 into the program.  

•  Population cycles are ubiquitous in nature and are of considerable interest to ecologists.  A group of ecologists and mathematicians got together at the Banff International Research Stations (BIRS) to discuss the latest research on population cycles.  The discussions arising from that symposium/workship have been recently published in Ecology Letters.

•  Interesting podcast from NPR's Planet Money on scientific research included in congressional wastebooks.  Have a listen to "Shrimp Fight Club".