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Xavier A Harrison
Lecturer in Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
Co-Secretary, Microbial Ecology Special Interest Group, British Ecological Society.
How important are microbes for determining animal health? My work seeks to understand how host-associated microbial communities can affect traits like digestion, nutrition, and disease susceptibility. I use amphibians as a model system for studying the vertebrate skin microbiome and how it protects against infection by the lethal pathogens Ranavirus and chytrid fungus.
I also study the structure and function of the gut microbiome in migratory birds.