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Consequences of eating infected prey

We investigate the ways in which consuming pathogen-infected prey influence some important life-history parameters of insect predators. Pathogens are used in a variety of biocontrol programs, especially to control crop pests. We focused on crop-pests due to their short...

Sometimes “less is more”… ecological networks also prove us right

The networks of plant-animal interactions represent a perfect tool to capture the complexity of ecological communities, and, simultaneously, to relate the effect of this complexity on ecosystem functioning. For example, seed dispersal, an important ecological process...

All Biology is Local

All Biology is Local One of the most interesting aspects of global climate change is that, while its extent is global, its effects at the regional scale are quite variable. Yet the vast majority of studies focused on the effects of climate change have relied on work at...

Pyramids of species richness

Two years ago, I was finishing my MSc and considering whether I’d like to do a PhD, and if so, with whom. I met with Chris and we threw around a few ideas for PhD projects. It was when he brought up a certain mystery that my decision to do a PhD in his lab was cemented...

Predators linking the brown and green worlds

The concept of a trophic cascade, where predators eat herbivores and thus indirectly benefit plants, has been around for a long time in ecology. Trophic cascades have been documented in all habitats with a wide variety of species. However, systems that involve cascades...