Island journey. Stories of avian parasites and vectors: ecology, evolution and art.
University of Montpellier, France
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The characteristics of islands, such as lower species diversity and a relatively simplified environment, provide natural conditions to investigate many aspects of ecology and to study inter-specific relationships. Here, I will present research projects that took place on an oceanic island that exhibits exceptional high levels of endemism: São Tomé Island (Gulf of Guinea, Africa)*. In the last decade, increasing agricultural activities, e.g. oil palm monocultures, modified the island landscape and threatens its biodiversity. This situation creates a natural setting to study host-vector-parasite dynamics with habitat changes. Our multidisciplinary approach brought together several research fields: parasitology, entomology, epidemiology and evolutionary ecology, combined with molecular, genomic and bioinformatics tools. The research team extended to artists who together explored scientific questions and embraced the diversity of languages.
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