Metabolic theory of ecology successfully predicts distinct scaling of ectoparasite load on hosts

Ryan Hechinger, Kate Sheehan & Andrew Turner
The impacts of parasites on hosts and the role that parasites play in ecosystems must be underlain by the load of parasites in individual hosts. To help explain and predict parasite load across broad swaths of species, quantitative theory has been developed based on fundamental relationships between organism size, temperature, and metabolic rate. Here, we elaborate on an aspect of that “scaling theory for parasitism”, and test a previously unexplored prediction, using new data for...

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  • 2019

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  • University of California, San Diego
  • Frostburg State University