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Rodrigo Megía-Palma, PhD.

I can be defined as an evolutionary ecologist. I study host-parasite relationships combining evolutionary and ecological perspectives. My research seeks to generate a comprehensive framework that will provide useful information to affront the epidemiological and conservation challenges that are present in a changing world. With these objectives in mind I am working to first acknowledge the huge diversity of parasitic organisms unknown to science and that infect wild population of ectotherm Sauropsida (particularly lizards). I focus in ectotherm vertebrates because 1) there is already a good network of scientists dumping data on particular groups of parasites of birds (; and

2) more importantly, published models of climate change predict a dramatic erosion of lizard diversity in the upcoming years. Thus, identifying other agents that might accelerate the decline of ectotherm populations is important for conservation purposes.

Some genera of Apicomplexa
that infect lizards
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Featured research

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Parasites as environmental bioindicators


Parasites and sexual selection

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Parasites and behaviour


Molecular co-speciation with hosts

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