It took a while, but Ryan finally completed the guide to the trematodes infecting the California horn snail. Although these parasites have been subject to a large amount of taxonomic, biological, evolutionary, and ecological research–and we’ve even proposed to use them as ecological indicator tools–we’ve lacked a satisfactory guide. This should help fill the void for a while. It’s out … Read More
In a new lab publication, out today in Proceedings of the Royal Society–Biology, we report our finding that the Metabolic Theory of Ecology accurately predicts the specific increase in total ectoparasite load across birds of different sizes. We also found what appears to be a novel macroecological pattern–a shift in dominance from mites to lice moving from smaller to larger … Read More
In another paper from Cat’s PhD (congrats!) published in Scientific Reports, we document that when hermaphroditic Chthamalus fissus barnacles invest in female reproduction, it comes with greater risk of being infected by the ovary-eating isopod parasite Hemioniscus balani. In fact, this parasite may partly explain our surprising finding–which is contrary to standard theoretical expectations–that the largest barnacles were not investing … Read More
Our lab hosted the Fall meeting for our regional parasitological society. We had a pretty good time sharing things about the lab with the “club”, including a presentation, facilities tour, and lab demos of miscellaneous parasites. See the blurb at ASP’s news site for more info.
The SIO public relations team covered Anai in one of their Scripps Student Spotlights. You can read the article here “https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/scripps-student-spotlight-anai-novoa.”