Eco-evolutionary dynamics

1. Borrelia-Babesia co-infection

a. Ecology and pathogen interactions in the field (field studies): role of mice and birds
b. Pathogen interactions in the lab, immunological mediators

MEMBERS: Danielle Tufts, Evelyn Rynkiewicz and Max McClure

2. Dilution effect on Block Island

MEMBERS: Samantha Kay, Danielle Tufts, Ching-I Huang
COLLABORATOR: Stephen Davis

3. Host and Borrelia ospC diversity

a. Mechanisms maintaining diversity on Block Island, RI (field studies): role of mice and birds
b. Role of innate immunity (complement studies)

c. Modeling infection dynamics of multiple strains

MEMBERS: Danielle Tufts, Evelyn Rynkiewicz and Max McClure, Elsbeth Kane

COLLABORATOR: Yi-Pin Lin, Stergios Kolokotronis, Ben Adams, Katharine Walter

4. Tick survivorship and host seeking behavior

a. Tick survivorship and lipid budget in the field
b. Optimal foraging model for tick host-seeking behavior

MEMBERS: Danielle Tufts, Christina Olbrantz, Max McClure

COLLABORATOR: Justin Pool