Effect of a sanitation intervention on soil-transmitted helminth prevalence and concentration in household soil: A cluster-randomized controlled trial and risk factor analysis

Corresponding Author: Amy J. Pickering, amy.pickering@tufts.edu Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are a prevalent problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Helminths, parasitic intestinal worms, pass their eggs in the feces of infected individuals.  When infected individuals defecate outside, or their feces is used as fertilizer, soil can become […]

On the relationship between body condition and parasite infection in wildlife: a review and meta‐analysis

Corresponding Author: Daniel Becker, daniel.becker3@montana.edu Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Parasites are thought to be detrimental to their host by burdening host resources, damaging host tissue, and altering host behavior. Thus, ecologists might expect a negative relationship between parasite infection and host condition. However, many studies challenge this expectation and […]

Invasion ecology of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) in Florida, USA: the role of humans in the expansion and colonization of an invasive wild ungulate

Corresponding author: Samantha M. Wisely, wisely@ufl.edu Summary author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Wild pigs, an invasive species, adversely affect local ecosystems and are a pressing issue globally. Invasive species disrupt an environment’s natural cycle by depleting local vegetation and contributing to soil erosion.  This creates undue stress and puts a burden […]

The importance of early life experience and animal cultures in reintroductions

Corresponding Author: Claire S. Teitelbaum, claire.teitelbaum@gmail.com Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Many animal species have specific behaviors which occur in a group throughout generations, also known as animal cultures. These behaviors are taught to the young in a group by mimicking the actions of the older, more experienced individuals. With […]

Disentangling the link between supplemental feeding, population density, and the prevalence of pathogens in urban stray cats

Corresponding Author: Myung-Sun Chun, jdchun@snu.ac.kr Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Feral cats often receive supplemental feeding from humans in urban environments.  These humans can be considered “cat caretakers.” With an expected positive correlation between increased cat population density and cat caretaker activity, there is concern that more densely populated areas […]

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