The Marine Disease Ecology Laboratory at SERC takes a holistic approach to disease and parasite ecology, examining multi-parasite and multi-host systems across habitats and geographic regions. This research incorporates a wide range of parasite and host phyla, and examines the role of environmental reservoirs in the ecology and epidemiology of marine disease.
More specifically, research in the Marine Disease Ecology Laboratory examines:
(1) the effects of host specificity and biodiversity on disease,
(2) the spatial, temporal, and taxonomic patterns of parasite diversity,
(3) the functional genomics of disease, and
(4) anthropogenic influences on parasite dispersal and invasion.