2019 Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Conference

This year the EEID conference was held at Princeton University from June 10-13, 2019. The four guiding themes were:

  • Behavioral drivers of disease dynamics
  • Genetics of disease dynamics across scales
  • Environmental drivers of disease
  • Consequences of within-host competition for disease control across scales

This year I tried something different for note taking: I brought my digital pad and creating conference doodles. Conference doodles are a science communication tool that link the  material of the talk with illustrations. I found this was a fun way to keep my attention focused and to practice condensing the material into salient takeaway points. It was also really fun to draw mosquitoes, spirochetes, aphids, and other sundry pathogens and vectors.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Lindy McBride: “Geographic, genetic, and neural origins of human biting in the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti”

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Jessica Hite: “Feeding colds and starving fevers? Evolutionary theory illustrates why appetite during illness matters”

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Douglas Kerlin: “Modelling the transmission of Devil facial tumour disease using contact networks”

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Emily Durkin: “The role of behaviour in parasite evolution”


Sylvain Gandon: “Evolution and manipulation of vector behavior”

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Ayesha Mahmud: “When a megacity goes on holiday: the impact of population mobility on the spread of local epidemics”

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Janis Antonovics: “The perception kernel: vector behavior and disease transmission”

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Jeffrey Shaman: “Climate and influenza: Associations, processes and implications”

J. Shaman.jpgNichar Gregory: “El Niño drought and tropical forest conversion synergistically determine mosquito vectorial capacity”

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Devin Kirk: “Predicting warming-induced infectious disease epidemics with the metabolic theory of ecology”

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Elizabeth Borer: “Vectors as foraging animals: a frame-shift for disease ecology”

David Allen: “Larval blacklegged tick phenology changes with elevation: implications for Lyme disease”

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

David Kennedy: “Multiscale Genetic Drift Shapes Pathogen Variation within Hosts”

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Laura Bergner: “A hyperparasite with a missing viral helper: the ecology and evolutionary history of a novel satellite virus in vampire bats”

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Steve Ellner: “Individual specialization and disease spread in multi-host communities: Plant-pollinator networks”

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Jacobus de Roode: “Secondary plant chemicals alter virulence and transmission of herbivore parasites through a combination of toxicity and modulation of immunity and the microbiome”

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Oliver Brady: “Predicting the spread of Aedes aegypti & Ae. albopictus at local & global scales”
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Jessica Stephenson: “Dirty lying cheats: male guppies may use behaviour to avoid infection,conceal disease and boost parasite transmission”


Skylar Hopkins: “Thermal refugia and ecological traps mediate bat survival after infection with the white-nose syndrome fungus”S. Hopkins.jpg

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