Socio-demographic, not environmental, risk factors explain fine-scale spatial patterns of diarrhoeal disease in Ifanadiana, rural Madagascar

Corresponding Author: Michelle Evans Summary by Ethan Hackmeyer Despite being both preventable and treatable, diarrhoeal disease (DD) causes over 700,000 child deaths annually due to inadequate  water and sanitation infrastructure. These losses are  primarily concentrated in 15 low-income countries. Distribution of DD is highly influenced by environmental factors, such as […]

Light pollution drives increased risk of West Nile virus

Florida has experienced a relatively mild winter, which typically translates to more mosquitoes in the summer and more birds on which they can feast. If history repeats itself, it’s likely there will be an uptick in West Nile virus cases this year, especially in the outer fringes of the suburbs […]

Marine Parasites and Disease in the Era of Global Climate Change

Corresponding Author: James Byers, jebyers@uga.edu Summary by Ethan Hackmeyer Though oceans cover approximately 70% of Earth’s surfaces, parasitism in marine ecosystems is relatively poorly understood compared to terrestrial host-parasite relationships. As climate change shifts conditions within the world’s oceans, it is imperative to better understand the consequences of environmental change […]

Long-lived butterfly parasites can’t take the heat

Corresponding Author: Cecilia Sánchez, sanchez@ecohealthalliance.org Summary by Ethan Hackmeyer, edits provided by paper authors  Debilitating parasite spores that infect monarch butterflies can persist for years at cool temperatures, but are knocked out by heat, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Georgia’s Center for the Ecology […]

Urban specialization reduces habitat connectivity by a highly mobile wading bird

Corresponding Author: Claire Teitelbaum, cteitelbaum@uga.edu Summary by Ethan Hackmeyer Urbanization can cause substantial changes in the movement behavior of animals. However, researchers do not completely understand the downstream effects of urban-induced alteration in behavior. Mobile animals can deposit important nutrients and seeds as they move across the landscape, making the […]

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