Infectious Diseases in Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Evolution by Charles NunnInfectious Diseases in Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Evolution by Charles Nunn

Infectious Diseases in Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Evolution

byCharles Nunn, Sonia Altizer

Paperback | April 27, 2006

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Recent progress in the field of wildlife disease ecology demonstrates that infectious disease plays a crucial role in the lives of wild animals. Parasites and pathogens should be especially important for social animals in which high contact among individuals increases the potential for diseasespread. As one of the best studied mammalian groups, primates offer a unique opportunity to examine how complex behaviours (including social organization) influence the risk of acquiring infectious diseases, and the defences used by animals to avoid infection. This book explores the correlates ofdisease risk in primates, including not only social and mating behaviour but also diet, habitat use, life history, geography and phylogeny. The authors examine how a core set of host and parasite traits influence patterns of parasitism at three levels of biological organization: among individuals,among populations, and across species. A major goal is to synthesize, for the first time, four disparate areas of research: primate behavioural ecology, parasite biology, wildlife epidemiology, and the behavioural and immune defences employed by animals to counter infectious disease. Throughout, the authors provide an overview of theremarkable diversity of infectious agents found in wild primate populations. Additional chapters consider how knowledge of infectious diseases in wild primates can inform efforts focused on primate conservation and human health. More generally, this book identifies infectious disease as an importantfrontier in our understanding of primate behaviour and ecology. It highlights future challenges for testing the links between host and parasite traits, including hypotheses for the effects of disease on primate social and mating systems.
Charles Nunn is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California in Berkeley, USA. His research interests include primate behaviour, disease ecology and comparative biology. Sonia Alti...
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Title:Infectious Diseases in Primates: Behavior, Ecology and EvolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:April 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198565852

ISBN - 13:9780198565857

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Table of Contents

1. Questions, Terminology, and Underlying Principles2. Diversity and Characteristics of Primate Parasites3. Primate Socioecology and Disease Risk: Predictions and Rationale4. Host-Parasite Dynamics and Epidemiological Principles5. Host Defenses: The Immune System and Behavioral Counterstrategies6. Infectious Disease and Primate Social Systems7. Parasites and Primate Conservation8. From Nonhuman Primates to Human Health and Evolution9. Concluding Remarks and Future Directions