Dr. Zen Faulkes and I organized a symposium entitled “Parasitic manipulation of host phenotype-or how to make a zombie” at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology conference this year. The manuscripts are now all available by advanced online access, and will be included in the next issue of Integrative and Comparative Biology! I’m really humbled by how many amazing scientists participated in the symposium, and am thrilled with the content in the special  issue. Links to the manuscripts can be found below. Enjoy!

Also, many, many thanks to Zen for being such an amazing collaborator. Go team Clone-Zombie!


Weinersmith K, Faulkes Z. Parasitic manipulation of hosts’ phenotype, or how to make a zombie—an introduction to the symposium. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Joseph M, Faulkes Z. Nematodes infect but do not manipulate digging by, sand crabs, Lepidopa benedictiIntegrative & Comparative Biology: in press. Open access

ant_lowresParanjpe DA, Medina D, Nielsen E, Cooper RD, Paranjpe SA, Sinervo B. Spatio-temporal dynamics of side-blotched lizards (Uta stansburiana) and their micro-parasites. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press. 

Kaushik M, Knowles SCL, Webster JP. What makes a feline fatal in Toxoplasma gondii’s fatal feline attraction? Infected rats choose wild cats. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Libersat F, Gal R. Wasp voodoo rituals, venom-cocktails, and the zombification of cockroach hosts. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Carreon N, Faulkes Z. Position of larval tapeworms, Polypocephalus sp., in the ganglia of shrimp, Litopenaeus setiferusIntegrative & Comparative Biology: in press. Open access

Fredensborg BL. Predictors of host specificity among behavior-manipulating parasites. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Adamo SA. Parasitic aphrodisiacs: manipulation of the hosts’ behavioral defenses by sexually transmitted parasites. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

de Bekker C, Merrow M, Hughes DP. From behavior to mechanisms: an. Integrative approach to the manipulation by a parasitic fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l.) of its host ants (Camponotus spp.). Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Boze BGV, Moore J. The effect of a nematode parasite on feeding and dung-burying behavior of an ecosystem engineer. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Weinersmith K, Warinner C, Tan V, Harris D, Mora A, Kuris A, Lafferty K, Hechinger R. A lack of crowding? Body size does not decrease with density for two behavior-manipulating parasites. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Mauck KE, De Moraes CM, Mescher MC. Evidence of local adaptation in plant virus effects on host–vector interactions. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.

Hughes, DP. On the origins of parasite extended phenotypes. Integrative & Comparative Biology: in press.


Thanks to NSF for funding the symposium!

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