Date

2017

Faculty Advisor

James Peirce

Department

Mathematics

Abstract

Pacific mole crabs (Emerita analoga) are one of the most important and abundant invertebrates in sandy beach environments. Consequently, they are a common food source for shorebirds and sea otters.Since the mole crab serves as the primary intermediate host for acanthocephalans parasites, they have been linked to a number of mortality events. Studies suggest that parasite development and transmission may be strongly effected by weather patterns. LiMPETs, a citizen science program, has collected data on the prevalence of infected crab along the California Coast. By segregating this data into El Nino/La Nina seasons, we use a differential equation model help to answer questions concerning weather effects on shorebird mortality.

Subjects

Acanthocephala--Physiology; Anomura--Parasitology; Behavior, Animal--Physiology; Host-Parasite Interactions--Physiology

Publication Information

A Summer Research Celebration Project

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Document Type

Other

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