Parasite Ecology


Byers, J. E. (in press, 2021). Marine parasites and disease in the era of global climate change. Annual Review of Marine Science 13:. Advanced copy PDF

Byers, J. E. (in press). Effects of climate change on parasites and disease in estuarine and nearshore environments. PLoS Biology.

Teitelbaum, C. S., C. R. Amoroso, S. Huang, T. J.  Davies, J.  Rushmore, J. M. Drake, P. R. Stephens, J. E. Byers, A. A. Majewska, & C. L. Nunn.  (in press, 2020). A comparison of diversity estimators applied to a database of host-parasite associations. Ecography 43: 1316-1328. doi: 10.1111/ecog.05143. PDF

Wasson, K., R. A. Fabian, S. Fork, J. Stanganelli, Z. Mize, K. Beheshti, R. Jeppesen, I. Jones, C. J. Zabin, S. Walker, S. C. Lummis, M. Emery, J. D. Moore, C. Endris, D. Jolette, & J. E. Byers. 2020. Multiple factors contribute to the spatially variable and dramatic decline of an invasive snail in an estuary where it was long-established and phenomenally abundant. Biological Invasions. 22: 1181–1202. doi: 10.1007/s10530-019-02172-w. PDF

Gooding, E. L.,  M. R. Kendrick, J. F. Brunson, P. R. Kingsley-Smith, A. E. Fowler, M. E. Frischer, & J. E. Byers. 2020.  Black gill increases the susceptibility of white shrimp, Penaeus setiferus (Linnaeus, 1767), to common estuarine predators. J. Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 524: 151284. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.151284. PDF


Byers, J. E., J.P. Schmidt, P. Pappalardo, S. Haas, & P. R. Stephens. 2019.  What factors explain the geographic range of mammalian parasites?  Proceedings of the Royal Society London B Biol Sci.  286: 20190673. PDF


Gehman, A. M.*, R. J. Hall, & J. E. Byers. 2018. Host and parasite thermal ecology jointly determine the effect of climate warming on epidemic dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(4): 744-749. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705067115.  PDF   (*winner of ESA’s Aquatic Section Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research 2018)

Malek, J. C. and J. E Byers. 2018.  Responses of an oyster host (Crassostrea virginica) and its protozoan parasite (Perkinsus marinus) to increasing air temperature.  PeerJ 6:e5046.  doi: 10.7717/peerj.5046.  PDF


Keogh, C. L., O. Miura, T. Nishimura, & J. E. Byers.  2017.  The double edge to parasite escape: invasive host is less infected but more infectable.  Ecology 98(9): 2241-2247.  PDF

Malek, J. C. and J. E. Byers. 2017. The effects of tidal elevation on parasite heterogeneity and co-infection in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica . Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 494: 32-37.  PDF

Hughes, A. R., T.C. Hanley,  J. E. Byers,  J. H. Grabowski,  J. C. Malek, M. F. Piehler, & D. L. Kimbro.  2017.  Genetic by environmental variation but no local adaptation in juvenile oysters (Crassostrea virginica).  Ecology and Evolution 7: 697–709.  PDF

Gehman, A. M. and J. E. Byers.  2017. Non-native parasite enhances susceptibility of host to native predators.  Oecologia 183: 919–926.  PDF

Gehman, A. M., J. H. Grabowski, A. R. Hughes, D. L. Kimbro, M. F. Piehler, & J. E. Byers..  2017.  Predators, environment and host characteristics influence the probability of infection by an invasive castrating parasite.  Oecologia 183: 139–149. PDF

Stephens, P. R., P. Pappalardo, S. Huang, J. E. Byers, M. J. Farrell, A. Gehman, R.R. Ghai, S.E. Haas, B. Han, A.W. Park, J.P. Schmidt, S. Altizer, V.O. Ezenwa, C.L. Nunn.  in press, 2017.  Global Mammal Parasite Database version 2.0.  Ecology 98(5): 1476.  PDF


Malek, J. C. and J. E. Byers.  2016.  Predator effects on host-parasite interactions in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginicaMarine Ecology Progress Series 556: 131-141. PDF

Stephens, P. R., S. Altizer, K. F. Smith, A. A. Aguirre, J. H. Brown, S.A. Budischack, J. E. Byers, T. A. Dallas, T.J. Davies, J. M. Drake, V. O. Ezenwa, M. J. Ferrell, J.L. Gittleman, B. A. Han, S. Huang, R. A. Hutchinson, P. Johnson, C. L. Nunn, D. Onstad, A. Park, G. M. Vazquez-Prokopec, J. P. Schmidt, & R. Poulin.  2016.  The macroecology of infectious diseases: A new perspective on global-scale drivers of pathogen distributions and impacts.  Ecology Letters 19: 1159-1171. PDF

Byers, J. E., Z. C. Holmes, & A. M. H. Blakeslee.  2016.  Consistency of trematode infection prevalence in host populations across large spatial and temporal scales. Ecology 97(7): 1643-1649. PDF

Keogh, C. L., M. E. Sanderson, & J. E. Byers.  2016.  Local adaptation to parasite selective pressure: comparing three congeneric co-occurring hosts. Oecologia 180(1): 137-147. doi:10.1007/s00442-015-3461-9.   PDF


Byers, J. E., A. J. Malek, L. E. Quevillon, I. Altman, & C.L. Keogh.  2015.  Opposing selective pressures decouple pattern and process of parasitic infection over small spatial scale.  Oikos 124(11): 1511-1519.  doi 10.1111/oik.02088. PDF


Byers, J. E., T. L. Rogers, J. H. Grabowski, A.R. Hughes, M. F. Piehler, & D. L. Kimbro. 2014.  Host and parasite recruitment correlated at a biogeographic scale.  Oecologia 174: 731-738. PDF


Dunn, A.M., M.E. Torchin, M.J. Hatcher, P.M. Kotanen , D.M. Blumenthal,  J.E. Byers, C.A.C. Coon, V.M. Frankel, R.D. Holt, R.A. Hufbauer, A.R. Kanarek, K.A. Schierenbeck, L.M. Wolfe, & S.E. Perkins. 2012.  Indirect effects of parasites in invasions.  Functional Ecology 26: 1262-1274. PDF

Blakeslee, A.M.H.,  I. Altman, A.W. Miller, J. E. Byers, C.E. Hamer, & G.M. Ruiz.  2012. Parasites and invasions: a biogeographic examination of parasites and hosts in native and introduced ranges.  J. of Biogeography 39: 609-622. PDF


Byers, J. E., I. Altman, A. M. Grosse, T. C. Huspeni, & J.C. Maerz.  2011.  Using parasitic trematode larvae to quantify an elusive vertebrate host. Conservation Biology 25(1): 85-93. PDF


Blakeslee, A.M.H., C.L. Keogh, J. E. Byers, A.M. Kuris, K.D. Lafferty, & M.E. Torchin. 2009.  Differential escape from parasites by two competing introduced crabs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 393: 83-96. PDF

Byers, J. E.  2009. Including parasites in food webs. Trends in Parasitology 25(2): 55-57. PDF


Blakeslee, A.M.H. and J. E. Byers. 2008. Using parasites to inform ecological history: comparisons among three congeneric marine snails. Ecology 89(4): 1068-1078. PDF

Byers, J. E., A. Blakeslee, E. Linder, A. Cooper, & T. Maguire. 2008. Controls of spatial variation in the prevalence of trematode parasites infecting a marine snail. Ecology 89(2):439-451. PDF


Wood, C. L.*, J. E. Byers, K. Cottingham, I. Altman, M. Donahue, & A. Blakeslee. 2007. Parasites alter community structure. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences 104(22): 9335-39. [*winner of ESA’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Award 2008] PDF


Torchin, M.E., J. E. Byers, & T. Huspeni.  2005.  Differential parasitism of native and introduced snails: replacement of a parasite fauna. Biological Invasions 7(6): 885-894. PDF


Byers, J. E.  2000. Competition between two estuarine snails: implications for invasions of exotic species.  Ecology 81(5): 1225-1239. PDF