Modeling coral disease: within-host dynamics, individual demography, and population consequences

Mathematical Biology Seminar
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 11:00am for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
255 Skiles
Steven Ellner – Cornell – spe2@cornell.edu
Howie Weiss
Emerging diseases have played an important role in the major recent declinesof coral reef cover worldwide. I will present some theoretical efforts aimedat understanding processes of coral disease development and itsconsequences: (1) how the development of coral disease is regulated bymicrobial population interactions within the mucus layer surrounding thecoral, and (2) the effects of a recent fungal epizootic on populations of aCaribbean sea fan coral, focusing on how this species was able to recover tohigh abundance and low disease prevalence. Collaborators on this workinclude John Bruno (UNC-CH); C. Drew Harvell, Laura Jones, and JustinMao-Jones (Cornell), and Kim Ritchie (MOTE Marine Lab).