Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

A global parasite conservation plan

August 1, 2020

Found throughout the tree of life and in every ecosystem, parasites are some of the most diverse, ecologically important animals on Earth—but in almost all cases, the least protected by wildlife or ecosystem conservation efforts. For decades, ecologists have been calling for research to understand parasites' important ecological role, and increasingly, to protect as many species from extinction as possible. However, most conservationists still work within priority systems for funding and effort that exclude or ignore parasites, or treat parasites as an obstacle to be overcome. Our working group identified 12 goals for the next decade that could advance parasite biodiversity conservation through an ambitious mix of research, advocacy, and management.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title A global parasite conservation plan
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108596
Authors Colin J. Carlson, Skylar R. Hopkins, Kayce C Bell, Jorge Doña, Stephanie S Godfrey, Mackenzie L Kwak, Kevin D. Lafferty, Melinda L Moir, Kelly A Speer, Giovanni Strona, Mark Torchin, Chelsea L. Wood
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Biological Conservation
Index ID 70211704
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center