Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics by Sharon K. CollingeDisease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics by Sharon K. Collinge

Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamics

EditorSharon K. Collinge, Chris Ray

Paperback | January 26, 2006

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Many infectious diseases of recent concern, including malaria, cholera, plague, and Lyme disease, have emerged from complex ecological communities, involving multiple hosts and their associated parasites. Several of these diseases appear to be influenced by human impacts on the environment,such as intensive agriculture, clear-cut forestry, and habitat loss and fragmentation; such environmental impacts may affect many species that occur at trophic levels below or above the host community. These observations suggest that the prevalence of both human and wildlife diseases may be alteredin unanticipated ways by changes in the structure and composition of ecological communities. Predicting the epidemiological ramifications of such alteration in community composition will require strengthening the current union between community ecology and epidemiology. Disease Ecology highlightsexciting advances in theoretical and empirical research towards understanding the importance of community structure in the emergence of infectious diseases. To date, research on host-parasite systems has tended to explore a limited set of community interactions, such as a community of host species infected by a single parasite species, or a community of parasites infecting a single host. Less effort has been devoted to addressing additionalcomplications, such as multiple-host-multiple-parasite systems, sequential hosts acting on different trophic levels, alternate hosts with spatially varying interactions, effects arising from trophic levels other than those of hosts and parasites, or stochastic effects resulting from small populationsize in at least one alternate host species. The chapters in this book illustrate aspects of community ecology that influence pathogen transmission rates and disease dynamics in a wide variety of study systems. The innovative studies presented in Disease Ecology communicate a clear message: studiesof epidemiology can be approached from the perspective of community ecology, and students of community ecology can contribute significantly to epidemiology.
Dr Sharon K. Collinge's research is based primarily in grassland ecosystems of the American west, integrating theories and methods of ecology and conservation to examine how changing landscapes affect interactions among native species. Her research centres on how habitat loss and fragmentation influence species interactions, particula...
Title:Disease Ecology: Community structure and pathogen dynamicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.59 inPublished:January 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Sharon K. Collinge and Chris Ray: Community Epidemiology2. Robert D. Holt and Andrew P. Dobson: Extending the principles of community ecology to address the epidemiology of host-pathogen systems3. Richard S. Ostfeld, Felicia Keesing, and Kathleen LoGiudice: Community ecology meets epidemiology: the case of Lyme disease4. Keith Clay, Clay Fuqua, Curt Lively and Michael J. Wade: Microbial community ecology of tick-borne human pathogens5. Charles E. Mitchell and Alison G. Power: Disease dynamics in plant communities6. Robert S. Unnasch, Eddie W. Cupp and Thomas R. Unnasch: Host selection and its role in transmission of arboviral encephalitides7. Eliska Rejmankova , John Grieco, Nicole Achee, Penny Masuoka, Kevin Pope, Donald Roberts, and Richard M.Higashi: Freshwater community interactions and malaria8. Kathryn L. Cottingham and Julia M. Butzler: The community ecology of Vibrio cholerae9. Kevin D. Lafferty, Ryan F. Hechinger, Jenny Shaw, Kathleen Whitney, and Armand M. Kuris: Food webs and parasites in a salt marsh ecosystem10. Mary F. Poteet: Shifting roles of abiotic and biotic regulation of a multi-host parasite following disturbance11. David K. Skelly, Susan R. Bolden, Manja P. Holland, L. Kealoha Freidenburg, Nicole A. Freidenfelds, and Trent R. Malcolm: Urbanization and disease in amphibians12. Leslie A. Real and James E. Childs: Spatial-temporal dynamics of rabies in ecological communities13. Peter Daszak, R. Plowright, J. H. Epstein, J. Pulliam, S. Abdul Rahman, H. E. Field, A. Jamalludin, M. Y. Johara, C. S. Smith, K. J. Olival, S. Luby, K. Halpin, A. D. Hyatt, A. A. Cunningham, and the Henipavirus Ecology Research Group (HERG): The emergence of Nipah and Hendra virus: pathogendynamics across a wildlife-livestock-human continuum14. Chris Ray and Sharon K. Collinge: Potential effects of a keystone species on the dynamics of sylvatic plague

Editorial Reviews

"This superb volume is required reading for anyone interested in enjoying and contributing to this rapidly growing field of research"--Ecology