Spatial, demographic, and phylogenetic patterns of Bartonella diversity in bats
Much recent attention has focused on bats as potentially exceptional reservoirs of pathogens. Bats are known to carry zoonotic viruses deadly to humans with no apparent signs of pathology, however the evolutionary and physiological processes that are behind this ability remain largely unknown. Despite this uncertainty, bats’ long lifespans, deep evolutionary history, sociality, and migratory behavior make them a fascinating system in which to study patterns of diversity in viruses, bacteria, and other infectious organisms. This thesis explores ecological and evolutionary processes that structure ...
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