Parasites and immunogenetic diversity in prairie dogs
Prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.) are an important component of North American grassland communities. Prairie dogs have been characterized as ecosystem engineers and keystone species because their extensive burrow systems alter ecosystem dynamics and provide homes for a variety of species. Prairie dog populations have declined dramatically over the past century as a result of eradication programs, habitat loss, and introduced plague. This research explores factors related to host-parasite ecology and immunogenetics of prairie dogs. The second chapter is a systematic review of parasites recorded from ...