Host-associated microbiome

Some microbes cause disease in host organisms, but most do not, and we are only beginning to understand the broad range of benefits they provide for the host. We refer to these bacteria, fungi and micro-eukaryotes as the symbiotic microbiome. Host-associated microbes confer diverse benefits ranging from digestive to immunological functions, including mediation of pathogens….

Pathogens, parasites, and land-use change

Anthropogenic changes to landscapes are well known to have dramatic impacts on biodiversity, but the effects on inconspicuous members of biological communities, including parasites and pathogens, remain less well understood. In my lab, we are studying the relationship between land use change and disease in Colorado amphibians. We discovered that native leopard frogs in Colorado…

Pathogen pollution

Invasive species are one of the leading threats to biodiversity. Infectious disease can enter the mix in several ways. Invasive species, on average, leave behind the majority of their parasites when they become established in new regions and are slow to acquire new parasites in the invaded regions. This pattern has broad implications for the…

News and updates!

Summer 2016 Check out the article about our work in High Country News    Spring 2016 Christine Avena is a Fulbright Scholar! She will continue her studies on the bat microbiome in Switzerland in Fall 2016. CU Press Release