What do liana-infested trees and WWII bombers have in common? Find out in this new video podcast from Marco Visser, in which he presents the findings of his recent study, accepted for publication in Journal of Ecology, and titled ‘Tree species vary widely in their tolerance for liana infestation: A case study of differential host response to generalist parasites’. This study was completed as part of Marco’s PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The video is available below and can also be found on the Journal of Ecology YouTube channel (English subtitles available).
Marco Visser is interested in confronting theory with empirical data. Generally, his work has one overarching theme: linking ecological patterns across spatio-temporal scales, and levels of biological organization (e.g. trophic level or life-stage). Research topics include disentangling the major demographic processes that structure tropical communities; evolution of reproductive strategies; and advancing computational, mathematical and statistical methodology in ecology and biology. Marco is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Princeton University’s department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.