The Macroecology of Infectious Diseases

August 13, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM


George Mason University

Fairfax, Research Hall, Room 163

Fairfax, VA

Luis Escobar, Virginia Tech

Most studies of diseases ecology are focused on population dynamics to understand transmission, with metapopulation models dominating the scene. A gap of knowledge is how infectious diseases may respond to coarse-scale changes in the communities of hosts, the landscape, or the climate. A new frontier in disease ecology is the exploration of the macroecology of infectious diseases. In this very brief presentation, I will explain the conceptual bases of macroecology, and will show an example of macroecology applied to an infectious disease. Finally, I will explain the multiple opportunities to study infectious diseases using theory and methods from this field.