Kevin Lafferty, UC Santa Barbara, Parasites and Food Webs

Friday, October 20, 2017

12:00 pm

Hopkins Marine Station, Boat Works Lecture Hall

Sponsored by:
Hopkins Marine Station

Food webs are the conceptual framework that underpins most of community ecology. Until recently, most food webs did not include parasites. Parasites are potentially important components of foods webs. There are many parasitic species. Some of them regulate host populations. Some comprise substantial biomass. Others can alter predator-prey interactions. New food webs with parasites show that parasites have unique topological roles. Food webs also affect parasites. Many parasite species require food webs to complete their life cycles. As a result, rich and complex food webs support more parasite species. Parasites might even indicate pristine natural ecosystems.

When:
Friday, October 20, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where:
Hopkins Marine Station, Boat Works Lecture Hall
Admission:

open to public

Tags:

Lecture / Reading Science 

Audience:
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
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