Join Cafe Scientifique for this presentation by Dr. Allison M. Tracy, Community Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).
Trees, oysters, and corals create homes for an impressive number of species by building habitat in the form of forests and reefs as they grow. They are known as foundation species because of their central role in creating ecosystems and supporting biodiversity. Unfortunately, foundation species face a number of threats that are challenging to manage, including climate change, invasive species, and infectious disease. This talk will focus on the role of infectious disease in habitat conservation using real world examples from terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Dr. Tracy is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where she studies oyster reef ecology in the Chesapeake Bay. Her research focuses on marine ecology, conservation, and infectious disease in wildlife. She completed her PhD at Cornell University where she studied immunity and infectious disease on coral reefs in Puerto Rico.