A reconstruction of parasite burden reveals one century of climate-associated parasite decline

Chelsea Wood, Rachel Welicky, Whitney Preisser, Katie Leslie, Natalie Mastick, Correigh Greene, Katherine Maslenikov, Luke Tornabene, John Kinsella & Timothy Essington
Long-term data allow ecologists to assess trajectories of population abundance. Without this context, it is impossible to know whether a taxon is thriving or declining to extinction. For parasites of wildlife, there are few long-term data – a gap that creates an impediment to managing parasite biodiversity and infectious threats in a changing world. We produced a century-scale time series of metazoan parasite abundance and used it to test whether parasitism is changing in Puget...
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