Towards an eco-phylogenetic framework for infectious disease ecology

Nicholas M. Fountain-Jones, William D. Pearse, Luis E. Escobar, Ana Alba-Casals, Scott Carver, T. Jonathan Davies, Simona Kraberger, Monica Papeş, Kurt Vandegrift, Katherine Worsley-Tonks, Meggan E. Craft

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Identifying patterns and drivers of infectious disease dynamics across multiple scales is a fundamental challenge for modern science. There is growing awareness that it is necessary to incorporate multi-host and/or multi-parasite interactions to understand and predict current and future disease threats better, and new tools are needed to help address this task. Eco-phylogenetics (phylogenetic community ecology) provides one avenue for exploring multi-host multi-parasite systems, yet the incorporation of eco-phylogenetic concepts and methods into studies of host pathogen dynamics has lagged behind. Eco-phylogenetics is a transformative approach that uses evolutionary history to infer present-day dynamics. Here, we present an eco-phylogenetic framework to reveal insights into parasite communities and infectious disease dynamics across spatial and temporal scales. We illustrate how eco-phylogenetic methods can help untangle the mechanisms of host–parasite dynamics from individual (e.g. co-infection) to landscape scales (e.g. parasite/host community structure). An improved ecological understanding of multi-host and multi-pathogen dynamics across scales will increase our ability to predict disease threats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-970
Number of pages21
JournalBiological Reviews
Volume93
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

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Ecology
infectious diseases
Communicable Diseases
Parasites
ecology
phylogeny
parasites
Pathogens
Coinfection
community ecology
pathogens
History
mixed infection
community structure
history
methodology

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Fountain-Jones, N. M., Pearse, W. D., Escobar, L. E., Alba-Casals, A., Carver, S., Davies, T. J., ... Craft, M. E. (2018). Towards an eco-phylogenetic framework for infectious disease ecology. Biological Reviews, 93(2), 950-970. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12380
Fountain-Jones, Nicholas M. ; Pearse, William D. ; Escobar, Luis E. ; Alba-Casals, Ana ; Carver, Scott ; Davies, T. Jonathan ; Kraberger, Simona ; Papeş, Monica ; Vandegrift, Kurt ; Worsley-Tonks, Katherine ; Craft, Meggan E. / Towards an eco-phylogenetic framework for infectious disease ecology. In: Biological Reviews. 2018 ; Vol. 93, No. 2. pp. 950-970.
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Fountain-Jones NM, Pearse WD, Escobar LE, Alba-Casals A, Carver S, Davies TJ et al. Towards an eco-phylogenetic framework for infectious disease ecology. Biological Reviews. 2018 May;93(2):950-970. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12380