EvoBugs Bioanth Workshop: How Human Behaviour Impacts the Evolution of Pathogens and Vice Versa.


This is a free interdisciplinary workshop hosted by the newly formed Oxford Biological Anthropology Initiative (www.bioanth.ox.ac.uk) that brings together academics and students to explore a common research theme: how human behaviour both impacts and is impacted by the evolution of infectious diseases. The aim of the workshop is to get people thinking about how we can approach this research question through different methods and potentially investigate ways in which to collaborate in the future. In particular, the workshop will delve into such topics as the role of ancient DNA and osteological analysis in elucidating the spread of infectious diseases historically, parasite evolution in the face of host genetic diversity, and how we can model the spread of epidemics through the analysis of the phylogenetic history of pathogens. The afternoon will culminate in a lecture given by Prof Val Curtis on the evolution of disgust.