About this Research Topic
Disease ecology is a branch of ecology studying the abundance and distribution of disease related organisms. Disease biogeography is a branch of biogeography that attempts to study the distribution of parasites (helminths, protozoa, bacteria, viruses, fungi), vectors (ticks, mosquitoes, flies) and hosts (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals) across broad temporal and geographic scales. Disease ecology and biogeography is a recent theoretical and methodological framework to understand the factors or drivers that facilitate or limit the number of disease cases. This field also studies why some diseases are in some places but not others.
This Research Topic aims to expand research in the emerging field of disease ecology and biogeography to include directly transmitted diseases, vector-borne diseases, and zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases of veterinary, public health, and biodiversity conservation concern. The close proximity of disease ecology and biogeography with the field of veterinary epidemiology allows the application of eco-biogeographic discoveries to livestock and wildlife health management. Of special interest is the study of effects of global change (land cover change, climate change, global movement) on the ecology of infectious pathogens or diseases across large regions.
We welcome contributions in veterinary epidemiology with focus on ecology and biogeography, macroecology of parasites, and physiological models to reconstruct and anticipate the distribution of animal diseases and parasites. We encourage the submission of manuscripts exploring ecological and biogeographic theories using parasites as a model. These studies can be multidisciplinary and cover a broad range of parasite and host taxa. Papers on all aspects of infectious diseases across scales are encouraged in terrestrial or aquatic organisms and from all geographic regions.
We would like to acknowledge Dr. Lindsay P. Campbell and Dr. Diego Soler-Tovar have acted as coordinators and have contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.
Keywords: Infectious disease; Pathogen; Reservoir; Coevolution; Geography
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