Rainfall as a driver of seasonality in parasitism

Summary by Kailah Massey Corresponding authors: Vanessa Ezenwa, vezenwa@uga.edu Seasonal changes in rainfall, temperature, and the amount of food available, are known to affect parasitism in host populations. Rainfall in particular has been shown to have a strong effect on helminths, parasitic worms that can cause weakness or disease in […]

Transient indicators of tipping points in infectious diseases

A variety of generic indicators have been proposed to identify gradual changes in a population that can be used to anticipate the onset or conclusion of an epidemic.  Many of these indicators rely on critical slowing down, a phenomenon where a system takes a longer time to return to a […]

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 […]

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