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Dr David Daversa

Postdoctoral Research Associate Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour


Personal Statement

Broadly, I am interested in how individual behaviours and other traits affect trophic interactions. Most of my research focuses on interactions between pathogenic parasites and their hosts: I combine field surveillance, experimentation and modelling to clarify the factors that determine risk, spread, and persistence of infectious diseases. I have studied these topics extensively with amphibians that are threatened by a pathogen known as the amphibian chytrid fungus. My current work is using predictive disease models to identify the amphibians species that are responsible for maintaining and circulating chytrid in multi-host communities.