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Jacintha van Dijk

Research Associate

Degrees:M.Sc. (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Ph.D. (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), defended at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Office:CTTC 4635 (Forbes Lab)
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

I have a strong interest in the ecology of infectious diseases in wild host populations. For my PhD I studied the host-pathogen interaction between a free-living partial migrant, mallard ducks, and avian influenza viruses. I investigated the underlying mechanisms of avian influenza virus dynamics in a wild host, the role of migratory and resident hosts in the spread of avian influenza viruses, and potential effects of infection on host condition, immune status, movement and reproduction.

Currently I am involved in projects conducting research on avian influenza (part-time post doc at the University of Cambridge) and avian cholera, with a main focus on disease dynamics, host immunity, and how population structure and host movements may impact disease spread.

Selected Publications

van Dijk JGB & Matson KD. 2016. Ecological immunology through the lens of exercise immunology: new perspective on the links between physical activity and immune function and disease susceptibility in wild animals. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 290-303. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icw045

van Dijk JGB, Kleyheeg E, Soons MB, Nolet BA, Fouchier RAM & Klaassen M. 2015. Weak negative associations between avian influenza virus infection and movement behaviour in a key host species, the mallard Anas platyrhynchos. Oikos 124: 1293-1303. DOI: 10.1111/oik.01836

 van Dijk JGB, Fouchier RAM, Klaassen M & Matson KD. 2015. Minor differences in body condition and immune status between avian influenza virus-infected and noninfected mallards: a sign of coevolution? Ecology and Evolution 5: 436-449. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1359

 van Dijk JGB, Hoye BJ, Verhagen JH, Nolet BA, Fouchier RAM & Klaassen M. 2014. Juveniles and migrants as drivers for seasonal epizootics of avian influenza virus. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 266-275. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12131

van Dijk JGB, Mateman AC & Klaassen M. 2014. Transfer of maternal antibodies against avian influenza virus in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). PLoS One 9: e112595. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112595

van Dijk JGB, Meissner W & Klaassen M. 2014. Improving provenance studies in migratory birds when using feather hydrogen stable isotopes. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 103-108. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2013.00232.x

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