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dc.contributor.supervisor Barrett, Louise
dc.contributor.supervisor Henzi, Peter
dc.contributor.author Blersch, Rosemary Anne
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-22T22:27:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-22T22:27:14Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/6093
dc.description.abstract Primate-parasite ecology is a burgeoning field but relatively little is known about parasitism in primates occupying extreme environments. I combined physiological, environmental, behavioural and parasite data to investigate the correlates of infection in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) living in a semi-arid region of South Africa. I aimed to assess whether our well-established assumptions about primate-parasite interactions hold true in the context of severe ecological stress and how these external stressors may impact how monkeys respond to infection. I found that environmental conditions were the primary drivers of parasitism in the population, with individual-level characteristics playing a diminished role. I also found that while there were links between aspects of behaviour and parasitism, ecological conditions constrained behavioural flexibility. These results highlight the difficulty of generalising across primate populations, and point to the importance of expanding primate-parasite ecology to include animals in more extreme environments. Doing so will allow them to serve as a window into how animals confront climate change-induced environmental changes. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Leakey Foundation (Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowship), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the University of Lethbridge, South Africa’s National Research Foundation and the Canada Research Chairs Program. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (Univeristy of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Animal behavior -- Climatic factors en_US
dc.subject Climate changes -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Parasites en_US
dc.subject Primates en_US
dc.subject Primates -- Behavior en_US
dc.title Primate-parasite interactions in a semi-arid environment en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.degree.level Ph.D en_US
dc.proquest.subject Zoology [0472] en_US
dc.proquest.subject Ecology [0329] en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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