The effect of urbanization on house sparrows (passer domesticus) and their enteropathogens

Lieze Oscar Rouffaer
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Pathologie, Bacteriologie en Pluimveeziekten
Lieze Oscar Rouffaer was born the 25th of November 1988, in Vilvoorde, Belgium In 2012, she obtained her diploma ‘Master in Veterinary Medicine (Small Animals) with highest honour, after which she completed the internship “Zoological Medicine” in 2013. In 2013, she started a PhD focusing on the effect of urbanization on house sparrows and their enteropathogens, financed by Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), at the Research Group ‘Wildlife Health Ghent’, Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Ghent University), in collaboration with the Research Group ‘Terrestrial Ecology Unit’, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences (Ghent University). The research is part of the SPEEDY-project (Spatial and environmental determinants of Eco-Evolutionary DYnamics- anthropogenic environments as a model) financed by the BELgian Science Policy Office. Lieze Rouffaer is (co)-author of several manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and has actively contributed to (inter)national conferences and symposia.
Academische graad
Doctor in de diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. Dr. A. Martel Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. L. Lens Faculty of Sciences, UGent Prof. Dr. F. Pasmans Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent
Prof. Dr. R. Ducatelle Chairman of the Examination Committee Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. G. Janssens Secretary of the Examination Committee Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. C. Vangestel Faculty of Sciences, UGent Dr. K. Vranckx Applied Maths, Biomérieux Dr. D. Strubbe Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen

Korte beschrijving

Urbanization represents one of the most intense anthropogenic modifications of natural environments. Many insights have been acquired in the effect of urbanization on avian communities. Nevertheless, the effect of urbanization on individual and population level is often neglected. In addition, an underexplored aspect of urban ecology, is how urbanization impacts disease ecology, including its potential to alter wildlife-pathogen interactions and affect animal health. We have focused on the interaction between (human) enteropathogenic bacteria, known to be harmful to passerines, in an urbanization context and have assessed the role of brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) as a potential reservoir host species in different regions of Flanders, Belgium.


Dinsdag 20 februari 2018, 17:00
Auditorium D, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

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