Ecological Reviews: Wildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application


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Ecological Reviews: Wildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application Editors: Andy Fenton, Dan Tompkins, Kenneth Wilson Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 690 Illustrations and other contents: 61 Halftones, black and white; 223 Line drawings, black and white Language: English ISBN: 9781107136564 Categories: , , , , , , , ,

Just like humans, animals and plants suffer from infectious diseases, which can critically threaten biodiversity. This book describes key studies that have driven our understanding of the ecology and evolution of wildlife diseases. Each chapter introduces the host and disease, and explains how that system has aided our general understanding of the evolution and spread of wildlife diseases, through the development and testing of important epidemiological and evolutionary theories. Questions addressed include: How do hosts and parasites co-evolve? What determines how fast a disease spreads through a population? How do co-infecting parasites interact? Why do hosts vary in parasite burden? Which factors determine parasite virulence and host resistance? How do parasites influence the spread of invasive species? How do we control infectious diseases in wildlife? This book will provide a valuable introduction to students new to the topic, and novel insights to researchers, professionals and policymakers working in the field.

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'Overall, this is a fascinating collection of studies that showcases why wildlife diseases are worthy of study and how combining field observations, experiments, mathematical models and the latest in genomic and molecular research provides not only research insight, but also contributes to effective conservation and management efforts.' Rob Robinson, British Trust for Ornithology

Author Biography

Kenneth Wilson is Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Lancaster University. With more than twenty-five years' experience in studying wildlife disease ecology, he has published more than 120 peer reviewed articles and chapters, and is Senior Editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology. Andy Fenton is Professor of Theoretical Ecology at the University of Liverpool. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Animal Ecology and Parasitology and has published more than eighty peer reviewed papers. Dan Tompkins is Project Manager Science Strategy at Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Auckland, and Honorary Professor in the Department of Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand.