Ryan Hechinger

Research interests

I work to better understand the ecology and evolution of parasites and parasitism, and to use them to enhance general ecological and evolutionary science.

One major facet of this broad goal is to reveal the role of parasites in ecosystems. History and modern ecology tell us that parasites can strongly influence individuals, populations, and communities. Despite this, parasitism is usually ignored in ecological research. Hence, I seek to understand the impacts of parasites on various ecological processes, at big and small scales.