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February 24th, 2016
7:00-8:30 PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Kirkwood, MO

Where Have the Birds Gone?
Update on West Nile Virus

Tyson Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Biology

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Since its recent introduction to North America, the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus (WNV) has impacted the health of both human and wildlife populations, but the extent of the burden across species remains poorly understood. Using extensive mark-recapture data from 49 species spanning nearly two decades—combined with recently developed models of WNV risk—we estimated the impact of this emergent disease on bird populations. We show that WNV has had significant negative effects on the survival of 47% of bird species examined. This first in-depth picture of the extent, duration and phylogenetic signal of WNV impacts on bird populations suggests that newly introduced infectious diseases can have significant persistent effects on populations long after initial concerns have waned.

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Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM.

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105 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirdwood, MO 63122

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