Ecoimmunology by Gregory DemasEcoimmunology by Gregory Demas


EditorGregory Demas, Randy Nelson

Hardcover | December 23, 2011

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The role of parasites and pathogens in the evolution of life history traits is of increasing interest to both ecologists and evolutionary biologists Immunology, which was once studied almost exclusively by immunologists, has become an important area of proximate investigation to animalphysiologists as a means for understanding changes in disease susceptibility and the neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms that mediate these changes. The coalescence of these different perspectives has given rise to the field of ecological immunology, an interdisciplinary research field thatexamines interactions among host physiology and disease ecology in a wide range of environmentally relevant contexts. The goal of ecological immunology is to understand immune function in the context of life-history traits across a wide range of organisms. Research within the field combines diverseapproaches from a wide range of scientific disciplines including evolution, ecology, and life history theory to endocrinology, neuroscience, molecular biology, and behavior. This book critically reviews recent advances in the discipline of ecoimmunology. Chapters are written by experts in their respective fields and cover diverse topics including how environmental factors can affect host immune function, the complex dynamics among host immunity, pathogen prevalence anddisease susceptibility, and the physiological mechanisms that lead to adaptive changes in immune responses. By integrating analyses of immune system function within animal biology, investigators will gain will gain a more comprehensive and satisfying understanding of organism-environmentinteractions at both ultimate and proximate levels of analysis.
Gregory E. Demas is Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) at Indiana University, where he has been for the last 10 years. Randy J. Nelson holds the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He is professor and Chai...
Title:EcoimmunologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 10.12 × 7.28 × 1.42 inPublished:December 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199737347

ISBN - 13:9780199737345


Editorial Reviews

"I am heartened by this book. I keenly await the future discoveries that are made possible by its synthetic and empirically grounded approach to the evolutionary ecology of immune defence." --Andrea L. Graham, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ