This project is proposed as one of the NERC CENTA projects due to start in October 2014 (see View Website for details). This project exploits complementary expertise in experimental parasitology and mathematical modelling to iteratively develop and test models examining the consequences of environmental change for the prevalence of infectious diseases. One major aim of the project is to train a PhD student in the mathematical and biological study of host-parasite interactions, which is recognised as a major area for future research and one that is lacking suitably qualified expertise.
Barber, I. (2013) Sticklebacks as model hosts in ecological and evolutionary parasitology. Trends in Parasitology 29, 556-566
Macnab V & Barber I (2012) Some (worms) like it hot: fish parasites grow faster in warmer water, and alter host thermal preferences. Global Change Biology 18, 1540–1548
Barber I & Scharsack JP (2010) The three-spined stickleback - Schistocephalus solidus system: an experimental model for investigating host-parasite interactions. Parasitology 137, 411-424.
Morozov A. Yu., Pasternak AF, Arashkevich EG (2013) Revisiting the role of individual variability in population persistence and stability. PLoS ONE 8: e70576
Morozov A. Yu., Adamson M.W. (2011). Evolution of virulence driven by predator-prey interaction: possible consequences for population dynamics. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 276, 181-191
Petrovskii, S.V., Petrovskaya, N.B. (2012) Computational ecology as an emerging science. Interface Focus 2, 241-254.
Petrovskii, S.V., Blackshaw, R.P., & Li, B.-L. (2008) Persistence of structured populations with and without the Allee effect under adverse environmental conditions. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 70, 412-437.
Iain Barber website http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/biology/research/evolutionary/lab