I am interested in the ecology of parasites, both ectoparasites (such as fleas) and pathogens. I conduct my fieldwork at a long-term study site near Portal, Arizona, where I am studying the effects of a keystone genus (kangaroo rats) on the prevalence of ectoparasites and pathogens in a desert rodent community. I am also collaborating with Yasmine Antonini on a project examining the effects of ectoparasites on the health of Brazilian birds, and seeing how these effects are mediated by characteristics of the bird hosts themselves. Through my work, I aim to gain a better understanding of the influence of host and community characteristics on the prevalence of ectoparasites and disease.
Publications by Jessica Martin
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Posts by Jessica Martin
- Assessing demography and genetic variation in Bobcat (Lynx rufus) using non-invasive DNA analysis and comparing with population size estimates obtained by camera-trapping in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
- Effects of “primatization” on the population dynamics of a palm tree that is vulnerable to extinction
- Incidence and dynamics of mistletoe infestation on the oaks of Jasper Ridge
- Ecology of oak regeneration at Jasper Ridge
- Osa-Golfito Initiative in Southern Costa Rica (INOGO)