You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, October 11, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. Florian Reyda, Associate Professor of Biology, will present a talk titled, “Why Do Parasites Matter?” Abstract: Parasites have had a great impact on nature and the human experience. They cause health problems in millions of people, economic loss to society, and they harm a diversity of plants, animals, and other organisms in natural systems. Given the extent of damage that parasites cause their hosts, it is understandable that parasites have a negative reputation and can be a loathsome topic, one to be avoided at the dinner table. But what would happen if parasites went extinct? Recent studies have suggested that global climate change and other human-induced changes on Earth could lead to massive extinction levels of parasites. At a local scale, in my own research I have encountered several examples in which parasites seem to have disappeared from areas where they occurred previously. In this talk I will discuss the roles of parasites in ecosystems, and how a reduction or shift in parasitism could have both positive and negative consequences.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to October 6. Vegetarian meals are available.