My research interests include:
- Microbiota and helminth community interactions and resilience following manipulation,
- Microbiota associated with parasites themselves,
- Pathogen (including viral) dynamics following changes in microbiota or helminth community,
- Parasite ecology of invasive species,
- Tracking population dynamics,
- Using analyses in a novel way to answer research questions, for example network analyses to examine bacteria co-occurrence patterns.
Ph.D. in collaboration with Fondazione Edmund Mach research institute
Broadly, my Ph.D. project uses an ecological approach to investigate the interactions between microbiota and parasitic helminths within the gut of the model wild yellow-necked mouse (Apodemus flavicollis). Every gut harbours a community of bacteria, and the large majority of humans, livestock and wildlife are also infected with parasitic helminths. Both of these communities inhabit the gut and have significant impacts on host health, but little is known about how they interact. My project uses a combination of field and laboratory experiments with next generation sequencing and other molecular techniques to tease apart the interactions between gut microbiota, helminths and other pathogens within the host. The project is funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento under the ‘Trentino programme of research, training and mobility of post-doctoral researchers’ Incoming Team project ECOBIOME (EU FP7 Marie Curie actions COFUND: 2011 Call).
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biology. My undergraduate thesis involved the identification and comparison of ectoparasite communities from the invasive Irish bank vole (Myodes glareolus) and its native Welsh conspecific to ask the question “has the invasive Irish bank vole undergone enemy release from its ectoparasites?”. After graduating, I undertook two internships in 2011 and 2012 at the Fondazione Edmund Mach research institute in Italy, where I assisted with laboratory and fieldwork for a number of Ph.D. and postdoctoral projects, which largely focussed on parasite and disease ecology associated with climate change, as well as population dynamics of both wild rodents and mosquitoes.
Marcantonio, M.; Pascoe, E. L.; Baldacchino, F. (2017) Sometimes scientists get the flu. Wrong…! Trends in Parasitology. 33(1): 7-9
Cable, J.; Barber, I.; Boag, B.; Ellison, A.; Morgan, E.; Murray, K.; Pascoe, E. L.; Sait, S. M.; Wilson, A. J.; Booth, M. (in press) Global change, parasite transmission and disease control: lessons from ecology. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B.