Our overarching mission is to better understand the ecology and evolution of parasites and parasitism, and to use them to enhance general ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral science. We use observations and experiments from the field, lab, computer, and scratch paper. We aim to always explicitly operate within a conceptual—if not quantitative & predictive—theoretical context, and work to keep things grounded in reality.
There are three main goals (detailed below) that lie within our overarching mission concerning parasites, ecology, and evolution. Under the umbrella of these three goals, we pursue many specific sorts of questions. We focus quite a bit on community, population, and evolutionary ecology. We deal with the metabolic theory of ecology, food webs, phylogeography, biogeography, invasion biology, basic life-history theory, sociobiology, animal behavior, and good ol’ fashioned descriptive parasitology. We also work on directly applied issues, particularly using parasites as ecological indicator tools and as biological control agents.