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understanding wildlife

for conservation, health & welfare


The work being done in the lab broadly interfaces behavioral ecology and parasitism, with the ultimate aim of better understanding the evolutionary relationships between animal hosts and the parasites that depend on them, and more generally on the myriad ecological challenges faced by animals in nature. The PI - Andrew MacIntosh - is a behavioral ecologist by training and at heart, but like any modern scientific undertaking, our work covers many fields, including behavioral ecology and ethology, cognition, parasitology, ecological immunology and infectious disease ecology and epidemiology. To accomplish our research aims, we integrate field and lab work with computational methods that delve into network analyses, fractals and chaos. Current projects are ongoing in Japan, Malaysian Borneo, Antarctica and beyond.


Our lab broadly studies behavioral ecology and evolution, but a major research focus is the interface between behavioral ecology and infectious disease epidemiology. We bridge field and lab work with modern data collection protocols and analytical paradigms. Current projects are ongoing in Japan, Malaysia, Antarctica and beyond.


Members of the lab range from undergrads to postdocs, and have diverse backgrounds both culturally and academically. Current and soon-to-be members hail from France, China, Indonesia, Iran, Canada, India and Japan, and are investigating topics such as the role of parasites in social systems evolution, wildlife health in anthropogenic landscapes, invasion biology of raccoon dogs, and the evolutionary origins of disgust.


This is a space where we get to discuss our science, our missions and our adventures! Check back here for the latest news and information from the team, including new members, project updates, publications, grants, outreach and more.


41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama

Aichi, Japan 484-8506


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