Kevin D Lafferty

Summary

Affiliation: U.S. Geological Survey
Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Parasitic castration: the evolution and ecology of body snatchers
    Kevin D Lafferty
    US Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center, c o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Trends Parasitol 25:564-72. 2009
  2. ncbi request reprint The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, U S Geological Survey, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Ecology 90:888-900. 2009
  3. doi request reprint Ecosystem energetic implications of parasite and free-living biomass in three estuaries
    Armand M Kuris
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Nature 454:515-8. 2008
  4. pmc A common scaling rule for abundance, energetics, and production of parasitic and free-living species
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Science 333:445-8. 2011
  5. doi request reprint Trematodes indicate animal biodiversity in the Chilean intertidal and Lake Tanganyika
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    J Parasitol 94:966-8. 2008
  6. ncbi request reprint Can parasites be indicators of free-living diversity? Relationships between species richness and the abundance of larval trematodes and of local benthos and fishes
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 9610, USA
    Oecologia 151:82-92. 2007
  7. ncbi request reprint Endangered light-footed clapper rail affects parasite community structure in coastal wetlands
    Kathleen L Whitney
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Ecol Appl 17:1694-702. 2007
  8. pmc Diversity increases biomass production for trematode parasites in snails
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 6150, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 275:2707-14. 2008
  9. pmc Parasites dominate food web links
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, U S Geological Survey, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:11211-6. 2006
  10. pmc Parasites reduce food web robustness because they are sensitive to secondary extinction as illustrated by an invasive estuarine snail
    Kevin D Lafferty
    U S Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, c o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:1659-63. 2009

Detail Information

Publications23

  1. doi request reprint Parasitic castration: the evolution and ecology of body snatchers
    Kevin D Lafferty
    US Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center, c o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Trends Parasitol 25:564-72. 2009
    ..These parasites can be abundant and can substantially depress host density. Host populations subject to high rates of parasitic castration appear to respond by maturing more rapidly...
  2. ncbi request reprint The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, U S Geological Survey, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Ecology 90:888-900. 2009
    ..Many factors can affect infectious disease, and some may overshadow the effects of climate...
  3. doi request reprint Ecosystem energetic implications of parasite and free-living biomass in three estuaries
    Armand M Kuris
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Nature 454:515-8. 2008
    ..This biomass and productivity of parasites implies a profound role for infectious processes in these estuaries...
  4. pmc A common scaling rule for abundance, energetics, and production of parasitic and free-living species
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Science 333:445-8. 2011
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  5. doi request reprint Trematodes indicate animal biodiversity in the Chilean intertidal and Lake Tanganyika
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    J Parasitol 94:966-8. 2008
    ..This further supports the notion that trematodes in first intermediate hosts can serve as bioindicators of the condition of free-living animal communities in diverse ecosystems...
  6. ncbi request reprint Can parasites be indicators of free-living diversity? Relationships between species richness and the abundance of larval trematodes and of local benthos and fishes
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 9610, USA
    Oecologia 151:82-92. 2007
    ..The results support further exploration of trematodes as bioindicators of diversity and abundance of animal communities...
  7. ncbi request reprint Endangered light-footed clapper rail affects parasite community structure in coastal wetlands
    Kathleen L Whitney
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Ecol Appl 17:1694-702. 2007
    ....
  8. pmc Diversity increases biomass production for trematode parasites in snails
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 6150, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 275:2707-14. 2008
    ....
  9. pmc Parasites dominate food web links
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, U S Geological Survey, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:11211-6. 2006
    ..These results show that food webs are very incomplete without parasites. Most notably, recognition of parasite links may have important consequences for ecosystem stability because they can increase connectance and nestedness...
  10. pmc Parasites reduce food web robustness because they are sensitive to secondary extinction as illustrated by an invasive estuarine snail
    Kevin D Lafferty
    U S Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, c o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:1659-63. 2009
    ..The hypothetical invasion also significantly reduced the connectance of the web because the loss of 17 native trematode species eliminated many links...
  11. doi request reprint Reef fishes have higher parasite richness at unfished Palmyra Atoll compared to fished Kiritimati Island
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, US Geological Survey, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Ecohealth 5:338-45. 2008
    ..Most notably, the lower abundances of larval shark tapeworms at Kiritimati presumably reflect the fact that fishing has greatly depleted sharks there in comparison to Palmyra...
  12. pmc Parasites in food webs: the ultimate missing links
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, U S Geological Survey c o Marine Science Institute, UC, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Ecol Lett 11:533-46. 2008
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  13. pmc Host diversity begets parasite diversity: bird final hosts and trematodes in snail intermediate hosts
    Ryan F Hechinger
    Marine Science Institute and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 93106 2774, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 272:1059-66. 2005
    ..Such community-level interactions have rarely been demonstrated and have implications for community theory, epidemiological theory and ecosystem management...
  14. ncbi request reprint An experimental evaluation of host specificity: the role of encounter and compatibility filters for a rhizocephalan parasite of crabs
    Armand M Kuris
    Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Int J Parasitol 37:539-45. 2007
    ..The closure of both filters in nature explains the failure of this potential host-parasite interaction, an outcome favored by selection in both host and parasite...
  15. doi request reprint Comparing mechanisms of host manipulation across host and parasite taxa
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, US Geological Survey, USA
    J Exp Biol 216:56-66. 2013
    ..The interconnections between these systems make it difficult to isolate specific mechanisms of host behavioral manipulation...
  16. pmc Biodiversity loss decreases parasite diversity: theory and patterns
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, US Geological Survey, c o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:2814-27. 2012
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  17. doi request reprint Stomach nematodes (Mastophorus muris) in rats (Rattus rattus) are associated with coconut (Cocos nucifera) habitat at Palmyra Atoll
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, U S Geological Survey, c o Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    J Parasitol 96:16-20. 2010
    ..Thus, nematodes were much more abundant in rats from sites dominated by coconut trees (Cocos nucifera). Coconut trees may also be an introduced species at Palmyra Atoll...
  18. pmc Geographic variation in the diet of opaleye (Girella nigricans) with respect to temperature and habitat
    Michael D Behrens
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    PLoS ONE 7:e45901. 2012
    ..The results of this study are consistent with past findings that associate temperature with increases in the relative diversity of herbivorous fishes in tropical parts of the ocean...
  19. ncbi request reprint Variable intertidal temperature explains why disease endangers black abalone
    Tal Ben-Horin
    Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Ecology 94:161-8. 2013
    ..Mass mortalities can therefore occur before pathogen transmission is limited by density-dependent factors...
  20. pmc Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Centre, United States Geological Survey, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 273:2749-55. 2006
    ..gondii, though the results only explain a fraction of the variation in two of the four cultural dimensions, suggesting that if T. gondii does influence human culture, it is only one among many factors...
  21. ncbi request reprint An efficient strategy to estimate intensity and prevalence: sampling metacercariae in fishes
    Jenny C Shaw
    Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    J Parasitol 91:515-21. 2005
    ..This efficient subsampling procedure decreased the overall processing time per host by up to 91% while obtaining accurate (R2 > 0.8) estimates for both prevalence and intensity...
  22. ncbi request reprint Look what the cat dragged in: do parasites contribute to human cultural diversity?
    Kevin D Lafferty
    Western Ecological Research Center, United States Geological Survey, c o Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
    Behav Processes 68:279-82. 2005
  23. ncbi request reprint Introduced species and their missing parasites
    Mark E Torchin
    Marine Science Institute and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
    Nature 421:628-30. 2003
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