Effects of ectoparasite infestation during pregnancy on physiological stress and reproductive output in a rodent-flea system

Corresponding Author: Elizabeth Warburton, ewarburton@uga.edu Summary by Ethan Hackmeyer Parasitism can impose significant fitness costs on host organisms, and it is thought that parasitism could possibly cause host reproductive failure, possibly through increased stress. A new study led by CEID member Elizabeth Warburton explores how parasites could affect maternal stress […]

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 […]

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