Have you ever wondered: What effect does mistletoe have on its host trees? How is mistletoe distributed across a geographic landscape? How do Phainopepla influence that distribution? Do Phainopepla contribute to speciation of mistletoe? Dr. Jennifer Koop will discuss the projects underway to answer each of these questions, including the tracking and banding of Phainopepla to monitor how the bird transmits the mistletoe across our Southern Arizona landscape. How can studying the relationship between parasitic desert mistletoe, its legume tree hosts and the Phainopepla help biologists to understand how human parasites are transmitted between hosts? Come find out!
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