Ecology and infectious diseases: a mathematical perspective - presented by Professor Mick Roberts

28 May 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, Massey University, Albany
If you push an ecosystem too far the rules change. Parasites have been described as the dark matter in ecosystems, always there but often overlooked. Ecosystems may change for many reasons, including human actions and invasion by pests or pathogens. As ecosystems change new infectious diseases may emerge, and existing infections may reappear or change their host range. Mathematical models are necessary to unravel the complicated interactions between ecology and the epidemiology of infectious diseases. In this talk, Prof. Mick Roberts will tell the story of a 27 year collaboration between New Zealand and the Netherlands, and how mathematics has been used to describe epidemics and pandemics.
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