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

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 […]

City sicker? A meta-analysis of wildlife health and urbanization

Summary by: Jessica Wenclawiak How has urbanization affected wildlife health? As cities become more common, this question has become increasingly relevant. Urban areas can interfere with a species’ range, food sources, and interactions, which impacts their health. A group of scientists that included CEID members Cecilia Sánchez and Daniel Becker […]

Impacts of Zika emergence in Latin America on endemic dengue transmission

Summary by: Culzean Kennedy Corresponding Authors: Rebecca Borchering and Derek Cummings Emerging infectious diseases can potentially disrupt the circulation of endemic pathogens in a host population through synergistic or competitive interactions. In South America, the emergence of the Zika virus corresponded to reductions in the incidence of endemic dengue virus. […]

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