Untapped potential: The utility of drylands for testing eco-evolutionary relationships between hosts and parasites

International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife

Corresponding Author: Elizabeth Warburton, ewarburton@uga.edu


Although drylands comprise over 41% of Earth’s surface, their parasite fauna remains understudied. This is a critical oversight as desert parasite communities are exemplars within the extremes of parasite ecology and thus readily lend themselves to testing hypotheses of virulence evolution, host specialization, and lifecycle strategies. ¬†This insight becomes increasingly important as larger human populations are projected to live in arid regions as climate changes.


Elizabeth M. Warburton, IJP: Parasites and Wildlife, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2020.04.003