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Humans as Ecosystem Engineers of the Pathogen Landscape Fefferman, Nina


Humans shape nearly every aspect of our environment, from purposeful elimination of rural predators to the altered soil chemistry of urban settings. These changes have both direct and indirect effects on the evolution and ecology of pathogens. In this talk, we will touch briefly on the obvious, direct efforts to control pathogen systems (e.g., antibiotics use) and then spend the majority of time discussing indirect impacts of modern human systems that can profoundly impact the evolution and ecology of pathogens. We will discuss a few toy models that highlight these effects and discuss a potential framework for understanding the cascading impacts and bidirectional feedbacks between humans and the pathogen landscape in which we live.

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