Friday, August 27, 2021
Students interested in conducting undergraduate and graduate thesis research for Spring-Fall semesters 2022 feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project aims to understand the succession and assembly process of both hosts (vertebrate) and parasite (blood parasites) communities using long term research at the USF Forest Preserve, and across an urbanization gradient in the Tampa area.
For more information on the forest preserve visit: https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/departments/ib/research/forest-preserve.aspx
The main vertebrate group to study is birds and the parasites are the group of malarias and related haemosporidians (vector-borne blood parasites).
Thursday, February 4, 2021
mechanisms, such as enzyme reaction rates via tunnelling and photosynthesis
energy efficiency via coherent superposition of states. However, less
effort has been devoted to study the role of quantum mechanisms in biological
evolution. In this paper, we used transcription factor networks with two
and four different phenotypes, and used classical random walks (CRW) and
quantum walks (QW) to compare network search behaviour and efficiency
at finding novel phenotypes between CRW and QW. In the network with
two phenotypes, at temporal scales comparable to decoherence time TD,
QW are as efficient as CRW at finding new phenotypes. In the case of the
network with four phenotypes, the QW had a higher probability of mutating
to a novel phenotype than the CRW, regardless of the number of mutational
steps (i.e. 1, 2 or 3) away from the new phenotype. Before quantum decoherence,
the QW probabilities become higher turning the QW effectively more
efficient than CRW at finding novel phenotypes under different starting conditions.
Thus, our results warrant further exploration of the QW under more
realistic network scenarios (i.e. larger genotype networks) in both closed and
open systems (e.g. by considering Lindblad terms).
J. R. Soc. Interface 17: 20200567. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2020.0567
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Hernández-Lara C, Carbó-Ramírez P, Santiago-Alarcon D. 2020. Effects of land use change (rural-urban) on the diversity and epizootiological parameters of avian Haemosporida in a widespread neotropical bird. Acta Tropica209: 105542 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2020.105542