Project properties

Title Comparing immune defence in arctic- and temperate-breeding geese
Group Wildlife Ecology and Conservation group
Project type thesis
Credits 18-36
Supervisor(s) Kevin Matson
Götz Eichhorn
Examiner(s) F. van Langevelde
Contact info Kevin Matson;;
Begin date 2016/03/01
End date 2022/12/31
Description Over the past few decades barnacle geese have successfully colonized new breeding areas outside their traditional Arctic distribution, including temperate sites in the Baltic and North Sea. This offers a unique situation for comparative research along a latitudinal gradient to investigate how animals may adapt functionally to rapidly changing environments (keyword global change). One of our main interests is to test if these environments differ in their risk of disease to our model species and if/how the animals may adjust their immune defence accordingly. In this student project we focus on innate humoral immunity by quantifying natural antibody and complement activity which then can be compared between populations but also further related to a number of individual animal traits. This desk-top based study is offered by the department of Animal Ecology at the NIOO-KNAW (neighbouring WUR campus) and can be carried out during any period(s). The study can be tailored to match student(s) educational level and available time.

Could be done as thesis (BSc or MSc) or internship.

[bird] [animal] [birds] [animals] [disease] [disease ecology] [immunology] [ecoimmunology] [physiology] [ecophysiology] [ecology] [antibodies] [life history] [desktop study] [miscellaneous] [The Netherlands] [Arctic] [internship]
Used skills Desk-top study, analysing data
Requirements Basic statistics (advanced welcomed) e.g., minimum Ecological Methods 1