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Ecology of Infectious Diseases in Natural Populations

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R. Anderson, V. Apanius, N. D. Barlow, M. Begon, B. Bolker, R. G. Bowers, C. J. Briggs, K. Dietz, A. P. Dobson, C. Dye, H. C. J. Godfray, B. T. Grenfell, F. M. D. Gulland, R. S. Hails, J. A. P. Heesterbeek, P. J. Hudson, S. Levin, C. M. Lively, S. Lloyd, D. Mollison, A. Read, M. G. Roberts, G. Smith, J. Swinton, B. G. Williams, C. Watt
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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521055338


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  • This book is the first major synthesis of theory and empirical knowledge regarding the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in natural, unmanaged, animal and plant populations. Throughout the book, the contributors develop a dialogue between the patterns observed in empirical studies of disease in natural populations and the mathematical models used to dissect and examine the observed epidemiological patterns. The book is divided into a number of reviews and group reports by experts in various fields. Two sections synthesize important issues relating to the dynamics of microparasites and macroparasites, while the others discuss spatial patterns in disease dynamics and the evolutionary biology of parasites, pathogens and their hosts. This book will be of use to graduate students and specialists in mathematical biology and epidemiology.

    • A new synthesis of the natural history of the infectious diseases in natural animal and plant populations
    • The mathematical epidemiology required to analyse and dissect the observed patterns
    • Up-to-date surveys by leading figures
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...I recommend this book for all ecologists with an interest in diseases and population dynamics, as well as instructors interested in updating their course lecture notes on classic predator-prey interactions." Nicholas J. Gotelli, Quarterly Review of Biology

    "...provides a comprehensive statement of what we do know by elegantly synthesizing current theory describing the dynamic behavior of diseases in nature and summarizing data from quantitative field studies....a rich resource for field studies of all levels of detail." Edwin Grosholz, Ecology

    "This book represents the current state of thought and research connecting theory and data in host-parasite interactions, particularly for wildlife, and as such should find a home on the shelves of all workers in the field from graduate students to full professors to resource mnagers. Hopefully, it will promote meaningful collaboration in the future by theoreticians and empiricists in this very important area of ecology and evolution." Janet A. Morrison, Ecoscience

    "Those who work in this area will undoubtedly wish to acquire their own copies of these books." B.S. Drasar, Epidemiol. Infect.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521055338
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.804kg
    • contains: 73 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of participants
    Part I. Broad Patterns and Processes:
    1. Impact of infectious diseases on wild animal populations: a review F. M. D. Gulland
    2. Microparasites: observed patterns A. P. Dobson and P. J. Hudson
    3. Mathematical models for microparasites of wildlife J. A. P. Heesterbeek and M. G. Roberts
    4. Microparasite group report C. Dye
    5. Macroparasites: observed patterns P. J. Hudson and A. P. Dobson
    6. Mathematical models for macroparasites of wildlife M. G. Roberts, G. Smith and B. T. Grenfell
    7. Macroparasite group report G. Smith
    8. Critical evaluation of wildlife disease models N. D. Barlow
    Part II. Insects and Plants:
    9. Nonlinearities in the dynamics of indirectly-transmitted infections (or, does having a vector make a difference?) C. Dye and B. G. Williams
    10. Model frameworks for plant-pathogen interactions J. Swinton and R. M. Anderson
    11. The dynamics of insect-pathogen interactions C. J. Briggs, R. S. Hails, N. D. Barlow and H. C. J. Godfray
    Part III. Impact of Ecological and Genetic Heterogeneity:
    12. Environmental influences on host immunity S. Lloyd
    13. Modelling the immuno-epidemiology of macroparasites in wildlife host populations B. T. Grenfell, K. Dietz and M. G. Roberts
    14. Spatial dynamics of parasitism D. Mollinson and S. A. Levin
    15. Spatial dynamics group report B. M. Bolker
    16. Genetic diversity in host-parasite interactions C. M. Lively and V. Apanius
    17. Genetics and evolution of infectious diseases in natural populations group report A. P. Read
    18. Beyond host-pathogen dynamics M. Begon and R. G. Bowers
    19. Glossary C. Watt, A. P. Dobson and B. T. Grenfell.

  • Editors

    B. T. Grenfell, University of Cambridge

    A. P. Dobson, Princeton University, New Jersey


    R. Anderson, V. Apanius, N. D. Barlow, M. Begon, B. Bolker, R. G. Bowers, C. J. Briggs, K. Dietz, A. P. Dobson, C. Dye, H. C. J. Godfray, B. T. Grenfell, F. M. D. Gulland, R. S. Hails, J. A. P. Heesterbeek, P. J. Hudson, S. Levin, C. M. Lively, S. Lloyd, D. Mollison, A. Read, M. G. Roberts, G. Smith, J. Swinton, B. G. Williams, C. Watt

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