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Marine Disease Ecology

Donald C. Behringer, Brian R. Silliman, and Kevin D. Lafferty


Whether through loss of habitat or cascading community effects, diseases can shape the very nature of the marine environment. Despite their significant impacts, studies of marine diseases have tended to lag behind their terrestrial equivalents, particularly with regards to their ecological effects. However, in recent decades global research focused on marine disease ecology has expanded at an accelerating rate. This is due in part to increases in disease emergence across many taxa, but it can also be attributed to a broader realization that the parasites responsible for disease are themselves ... More

Keywords: Disease, parasite, pathogen, ecology, infection

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198821632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald C. Behringer, editor
Associate Professor, Marine Ecology and Diseases, University of Florida

Brian R. Silliman, editor
Rachel Carson Professor, Marine Conservation Biology, Duke University

Kevin D. Lafferty, editor
Marine Ecologist and US Geological Survey Principal Investigator, University of California

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Section 1 Marine Infectious Diseases and their Ecological Roles

Chapter 1 Marine pathogen diversity and disease outcomes

Kelly S. Bateman, Stephen W. Feist, John P. Bignell, David Bass, and Grant D. Stentiford

Chapter 2 Parasites in marine food webs

John P. McLaughlin, Dana N. Morton, and Kevin D. Lafferty

Chapter 3 Disease can shape marine ecosystems

Joseph P. Morton, Brian R. Silliman, and Kevin D. Lafferty

Section 2 Drivers of Marine Disease

Chapter 4 Bacteriophage can drive virulence in marine pathogens

Mark Little*, Maria Isabel Rojas*, and Forest Rohwer

Chapter 5 Climate change can drive marine diseases

Colleen A. Burge and Paul K. Hershberger

Chapter 6 Pollution can drive marine diseases

Jamie Bojko, Erin K. Lipp, Alex T. Ford, and Donald C. Behringer

Chapter 7 Invasions can drive marine disease dynamics

Katrina M. Pagenkopp Lohan, Gregory M. Ruiz, and Mark E. Torchin

Section 3 Disease Problems and their Management

Chapter 9 Disease ecology in marine conservation and management

Laurie J. Raymundo, Colleen A. Burge, and Joleah B. Lamb

Chapter 10 Disease in fisheries and aquaculture

Donald C. Behringer, Chelsea L. Wood, Martin Krkošek, and David Bushek

Section 4 Working with Infectious Diseases

Chapter 11 Diagnosing marine diseases

Salvatore Frasca, Jr, Rebecca J. Gast, Andrea L. Bogomolni, and Steven M. Szczepanek

Chapter 12 Modelling marine diseases

Tal Ben-Horin, Gorka Bidegain, Giulio de Leo, Maya L. Groner, Eileen Hofmann, Hamish McCallum, and Eric Powell

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