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Webinar: Fire and parasites: Implications for animal and human ecology and strategic management

On January 20, 2016, Dr. Derek Scasta from the University of Wyoming presented a webinar about the effects of fire on parasites such as horn flies and ticks. Controlling parasites has implications for human health as well as livestock production. Learn more about Dr. Scasta's work here.  You can also view a recent talk he gave about the fuel-forage paradox here. The webinar recording can be viewed below.

If you are interested in learning more, you can access Dr. Scasta's work on his Google Scholar page or ResearchGate. The following references include a few of the citations from Scasta's presentation.

Gottdenker et al. 2014. Anthropogenic land use change and infectious diseases: a review of the evidence. EcoHealth 11(4):619-632.

Scasta, JD. et al. 2012. Pyric-herbivory to manage horn flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on cattle. Southwestern Entomologist 37: 325-334.

Scasta, JD. et al. 2014. Combustion of cattle fecal pats ignited by prescribed fires.  Rangeland Ecology and Management 67: 229-233

Scasta, JD. et al. 2015. Drought influences control of parasitic flies of cattle on pastures managed with patch-burn grazing. Rangeland Ecology and Management 68: 290-297.

Scasta, J. D. (2015). Fire and parasites: an under-recognized form of anthropogenic land use change and mechanism of disease exposure. EcoHealth, 1-6

Spratt, D.M., 1997. Endoparasite control strategies: implications for biodiversity of native fauna. International Journal for Parasitology 27:173–180.

Talley JL, Scasta JD, Payne J, Dubie T, Richards C, Rolf M. 2015. Cross-disciplinary dialog between animal scientists, rangeland ecologists and veterinary entomologists leads to novel control practices of external parasites in beef systems. Entomological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN.

Trollope, W. S. (2011). Personal perspectives on commercial versus communal African fire paradigms when using fire to manage rangelands for domestic livestock and wildlife in southern and east African ecosystems. Fire Ecology 7(1):57-73.


Earlier Event: December 13
Annual Conference on Grazing Lands
Later Event: January 31
Annual SRM Meeting