Social epidemiology: interactions, networks, and disease spread in a key pollinator
Diseases pose a key threat to health and ecosystem services. However, how diseases spread – their epidemiology – in social organisms is poorly understood. Bumblebees and their parasites provide a model system for developing an understanding of such epidemiology. As bumblebees are in global decline, understanding disease spreads in bumblebees has significant conservation value.
This project will ask how social structures affect parasite epidemiology, combining empirical and modelling approaches. The results will provide a detailed insight into how social networks impact disease epidemics, and specifically how these occur in bumblebees, and inform policy and management of pollinators in the UK, and globally.
The studentship covers: an annual tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate, contribution towards research costs, and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.
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FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.00
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