January 12 2011

12:00 LSB 2320

Ryan Hechinger
Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara

Putting Parasites into Ecosystems: Trophic Pyramids, Food Webs, and Macroecological Scaling


First, I will briefly cover what parasites are, some of the fundamental ways that they differ from free-living species, and why we may wish to include them in our work. I will then cover our efforts to include parasites alongside free-living species in community/ecosystem-level studies: food-webs, abundance versus body size scaling, and ecosystem energetics. Parasites influence broad-scale patterns and processes, and force us to grapple with implicit and explicit assumptions made in general ecology.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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