Interactions between host species and various symbiotic, parasitic or pathogenic organisms play a central role in regulating communities. Symbiotic and parasitic organisms can act as ecosystem engineers, whereas pathogenic ones can regulate natural populations, reduce the value of commercial species, or affect the global health of ecosystems, including that of human populations.
The recent economic and social crisis associated with the COVID 19 pandemic is a good illustration of the need to engage more in the study of symbiotic, parasitic and pathogenic interactions in the wild, particularly in relation with global change. Several of our projects contribute to increase knowledge in this area.
Projects in progress
Pathogens and diseases of crustacean species of commercial interest in the insular CaribbeanSaint-Kitts-and-Nevis PhD project
Nicole Atherley (Barbados)
Characterization of bacterial ectosymbionts colonizing gills and endophragm of mangrove crabs in GuadeloupeGuadeloupe PhD project
Naëma Beziat (Guadeloupe)
Diversity of ectoparasite assemblages among bat species in contrasted environments in mid-western CubaCuba Master project
Saul Gonzalez-Rodrigues (Cuba)