"Through my POST fellowship, I made a real contribution to using excellent science to inform policy"

Rebecca Ross BES POST Fellowship

Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution

Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution


Secretaries: Jo Lello


  • Be a central forum for parasite and pathogen ecologists and evolutionary biologists to make and maintain contacts, exchange and discuss ideas and promote useful events. As a part of this aim the group will play a role in encouraging early career development.
  • Seek collectively to understand the causes of variation in parasite-host interactions with a focus on the ecological and evolutionary influences.
  • Form a coherent body of scientists who can act as a force to inform government policy on funding, conservation and health with respect to parasites and pathogens.
  • Our members consist of academic staff, research staff and students from around twenty UK institutions. The only requirement of membership is that you have an interest in some aspect of parasite ecology or evolution.
  • You can keep up to date with this group by joining our mailing list (which is archived as an RSS feed on our Facebook page). The list is used by the community to advertise events, post job information and make requests. We hope you will be excited to join us and be part of this growing community. You can sign up to our mailing list very easily by filling in your details at JISC

Current / Future Meetings


Pathogen Host Shifts Workshop
12 April
University of Cambridge

The P&P SIG is co-sponsoring this meeting, which is designed to bring together researchers seeking to understand the factors underpinning host shifts.

Pathogen host shifts are a major source of emerging infectious diseases, with HIV, SARS coronavirus and Ebola all having jumped into humans from other species. There is much to learn about which pathogens are likely to host shift, which species pathogens are likely to switch between and how pathogens will evolve and spread in a new host species. Once a pathogen has come into contact with a novel host, it must successfully infect that host. This will involve binding to host receptors, replicating and avoiding the host immune response. Finally, the pathogen must be successfully transmitted to other individuals if it is to persist in the novel host population. These steps may involve the pathogen evolving to adapt to the novel host.

This meeting will focus on all of these steps and will cover the ecology, evolution, mechanisms, immunity and epidemiology underlying pathogen host shifts. The meeting aims to bring together a broad range of researchers from across the UK and Europe, working on this important topic, to discuss their work and develop collaborations. For more details contact Anna Davies.

11th-13th April
BSP Spring meeting
Location: Imperial College London

A partner of the P&P SIG, The British Parasitological Society, will this year hold its annual spring meeting at Imperial College London. There will be a strong ecology theme running through the entire meeting this year, which will help facilitate and develop stronger links between the two groups.

European Grant Writing Workshop

Planned to run in late June, this workshop will focus on building consortia and forming a number of European Union grant submissions. More news on this, exciting and novel event will follow soon. Watch this space…

Also keep your eyes peeled for another Early Career Event in the latter part of 2016.



Jo Lello (Cardiff University)
Andy Fenton (University of Liverpool)
Jo Cable (Cardiff University)
Jon Bielby (Zoological Society of London)
Giuseppe Paladini (University of Stirling)
Beth Levick – Post-graduate Rep (University of Liverpool)
Xavier Harrison (Zoological Society of London)
Ken Wilson (University of Lancaster)

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