Parasite Ecology

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Parasite ecology

Parasites are ubiquitous and have an intrinsic value to the functioning of ecosystems far beyond the harmful effects they might, in some cases, pose on their hosts. However, parasites are rarely accounted for when investigating the consequences of changes (i.e., global warming, habitat restoration, etc.) to the assemblages of species in ecosystems. Our lab focuses on bringing up the attention parasites deserve in ecological questions of a broad range, from community organisation, to climate change or restoration ecology to invasive species. By using a purposely developed framework of functional traits of parasites, we can now quantify functional diversity of these organisms that will allow us to better understand the different roles parasite species play in the ecosystems.

Parasites going through an invasion process
Image credits to Cristina Llopis-Belenguer

Collaborators on this topic

Prof. Rune Knudsen, The Arctic University of Norway

Dr. Rachel Paterson, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Dr. Cristina Llopis-Belenguer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland