Wood CL, McInturff A, Young HS, Kim DH, and Lafferty KD. In press. Human infectious disease burdens decrease with urbanization but not with biodiversity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Sokolow SH, Jones IJ, Jocque M, La D, Cords O, Knight A, Lund A, Wood CL, Lafferty KD, Kuris AM, Hoover CM, Collender PA, Remais J, Lopez-Carr D, DeLeo G. In press. Nearly 400 million people are at higher risk of schistosomiasis because dams block the migration of snail-eating river prawns. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

BBC News coverage

Young HS, Wood CL, Kilpatrick AM, Lafferty KD, Nunn CL, and Vincent JR. In press. Conservation, biodiversity, and infectious disease: Scientific evidence and policy implications. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Wood CL and Johnson PTJ. 2016. How does space influence the relationship between host and parasite diversity? Journal of Parasitology 102: 485-94. [pdf]

Press release

Sokolow SS, Wood CL, Jones IJ, Swartz S, Lopez M, Hsieh M, Lafferty KD, Kuris AM, and DeLeo GA. 2016. Global assessment of schistosomiasis control over the past century shows targeting the snail intermediate host works best. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10: e0004794. [pdf]

Featured on NPR’s Science Friday

Johnson PTJ, Wood CL, Joseph MB, Preston DL, Haas SE, and Springer Y. 2016. Habitat heterogeneity drives the host-diversity-begets-parasite-diversity relationship: Evidence from experimental and field studies. Ecology Letters 19: 752-61. [pdf]

Guerra AS, Micheli F, and Wood CL. 2016. Ecology of vulnerable shorebird across a gradient of habitat alteration: Bristle-thighed Curlews (Numenius tahitiensis) (Aves Charadriiformes) on Palmyra Atoll. Pacific Science 70: 159-74. [pdf]

Wood CL, Lafferty KD, DeLeo GA, Young HS, Hudson PJ, and Kuris AM. 2016. Does biodiversity protect humans against infectious disease? Reply. Ecology 97: 542-46. [pdf]

Swartz SJ, DeLeo GA, Wood CL, and Sokolow SH. 2015. Infection with schistosome parasites in snails leads to increased predation by prawns: Implications for human schistosomiasis control. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 3962-67. [pdf]

Press release by Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment

Research highlight by JEB


Wood CL, Baum J, Reddy SMW, Trebilco R, Sandin S, Zgliczynski B, Briggs A, and Micheli F. 2015. Productivity and fishing pressure drive variability in fish parasite assemblages of the Line Islands, equatorial Pacific. Ecology 98: 1383-98. [pdf]

Wood CL and Lafferty KD. 2015. How have fisheries affected parasite communities? Parasitology 142: 134-44. [pdf]

Wood CL. 2014. Environmental change and the ecology of infectious disease. Science 346: 1192. [pdf]

Press release by University of Michigan News Service

Announcement by Science/AAAS

Article in University of Michigan’s LSA Magazine

Papastamatiou YP, Wood CL, Bradley DE, McCauley DJ, Pollock AL, and Caselle JE. 2014. First record of the Pacific lemon shark, Negaprion acutidens, in Palmyra Atoll, central Pacific: A recent colonization event? Marine Biodiversity Records 14: e114. [pdf]

Wood CL, Sandin S, Zgliczynski B, Guerra AS, and Micheli F. 2014. Fishing drives declines in fish parasite diversity and has variable effects on parasite abundance. Ecology 95: 1929-46. [pdf]

Wood CL, Lafferty KD, DeLeo G, Young HS, Hudson PJ, and Kuris AM. 2014. Does biodiversity protect humans against infectious disease? Ecology 95: 817-32. [pdf]

Press release by USGS

Wood CL, Micheli F, Fernandez M, Castilla JC, and Carvajal J. 2013. Marine protected areas facilitate parasite populations among four fished host species of central Chile. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 1276-87. [pdf]

Lafferty KD and Wood CL. 2013. It’s a myth that protection against disease is a strong and general service of biodiversity conservation: Response to Ostfeld and Keesing. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 503-04. [pdf]

Press coverage at Parasite Ecology blog

Young HS, Griffin R, Wood CL, and Nunn C. 2013. Does habitat disturbance increase infectious disease risk for primates? Ecology Letters 16: 656-63. [pdf]

Wood CL and Lafferty KD. 2013. Biodiversity and disease: A synthesis of ecological perspectives on Lyme disease transmission. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 239-47. [pdf]

Press coverage in NIH’s Environmental Health Perspectives: link and pdf

Press coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education here

Gaither MR, Aeby G, Vignon M, Meguro Y, Runion C, Toonen RJ, Wood CL, Bowen BW. 2013. An invasive fish and the time-lagged spread of its parasite across the Hawaiian archipelago. PLoS One 8: e56940. [pdf]

Wood CL, Lafferty KD, and Micheli F. 2010. Fishing out marine parasites? Impacts of fishing on rates of parasitism in the ocean. Ecology Letters 13: 761-75. [pdf]

Wood CL, Byers JE, Cottingham KL, Altman I, Donahue MJ, and Blakeslee AMH. 2007. Parasites alter community structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 9335-39. [pdf]

Book chapters

Micheli F, DeLeo G, Ferretti F, Hines AM, Honey K, Kroeker K, Martone RG, McCauley DJ, O’Leary JK, Rosim D, Sokolow S, Stock A, and Wood CL. 2016. The Health of the Oceans. In: Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management (Smith HD, Suarez de Vivero JL, and Agardy TS, Eds). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

De Leo G and Wood CL. 2012. Disease dynamics. In: Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology (A Hastings and L Gross, eds). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. pp. 179-87.


Wood CL and Johnson PTJ. 2015. A world without parasites: Exploring the hidden ecology of infection. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 425-34. [pdf]

Tumble Podcast with Carl Zimmer


Parasite image above modified from Ernst Haeckel, Plate 75: Platodes, in Kunstformen der Natur, 1904

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