NSF Research Collaborative Network:

Refining and Diversifying Ecological Immunology


15 April

An updated schedule for the 2014 RCNE meeting has been posted on the Meeting page.

The last day for registration for the 2014 meeting in Woods Hole is Friday, April 18.

4 April

A preliminary schedule for the 2014 RCNE meeting has been posted on the Meeting page.

19 March

The RCNE is accepting applications for the April 2014 Research Exchange (deadline April 1). For more information on how to apply, click here.

A new PhD position based on Melbourne, AUS studying ecoimmunology in purple-crowned fairy-wrens has been posted on the News page.

12 March

A new article of interest by LM Zimmerman, RWM Bowden and LA Vogel on the importance of cytokines for ecoimmunology studies has been posted on the News page.

10 March

The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists will be held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, LA on July 24-27. See the News page for more information.

Please see the News page for more.


Immunity to pathogens and parasites has historically been understudied in evolutionary ecology. However in recent years, studying the causes and consequences of investment in immune function, termed ecological immunology, has transformed multiple realms of biology, including behavioral ecology, disease ecology, and life history evolution. To foster continued productivity and expansion of this emerging field, ecological immunology requires theoretical refinement and methodological consistency. This is possible only through the combined efforts of scientists that otherwise would not interact.