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Paradigms for parasite conservation

Overview of attention for article published in Conservation Biology, December 2015
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1 blog
47 tweeters
1 Facebook page


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Paradigms for parasite conservation
Published in
Conservation Biology, December 2015
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12634
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Eric R. Dougherty, Colin J. Carlson, Veronica M. Bueno, Kevin R. Burgio, Carrie A. Cizauskas, Christopher F. Clements, Dana P. Seidel, Nyeema C. Harris


Parasitic species, which depend directly on host species for their survival, represent a major regulatory force in ecosystems and a significant component of Earth's biodiversity. Yet the negative impacts of parasites observed at the host level have motivated a conservation paradigm of eradication, moving us further from attainment of taxonomically unbiased conservation goals. Despite a growing body of literature highlighting the importance of parasite-inclusive conservation, most parasite species remain understudied, underfunded, and underappreciated. We argue the protection of parasitic biodiversity requires a paradigm shift in the perception and valuation of their role as consumer species, similar to that of apex predators in the mid-20(th) century. Beyond recognizing parasites as vital trophic regulators, existing tools available to conservation practitioners should explicitly account for the unique threats facing dependent species. We build on concepts from epidemiology and economics to introduce novel metrics of "margin of error" and "minimum investment" for parasite conservation. Once suitable parasites are identified, we describe methods for constructing population viability analyses for host-parasite assemblages. In the direst cases, ex situ breeding programs for parasites should be evaluated to maximize success without undermining host protection. Though parasitic species pose a considerable conservation challenge, adaptations to the conservation toolbox will help protect parasite biodiversity in the face of an uncertain environmental future. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
United Kingdom 2 1%
Brazil 2 1%
Canada 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 161 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 40 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 38 22%
Student > Bachelor 29 17%
Researcher 15 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 5%
Other 24 14%
Unknown 20 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 89 51%
Environmental Science 20 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 8%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 7 4%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 3%
Other 8 5%
Unknown 31 18%

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