Emerging infectious diseases and animal social systems

  title={Emerging infectious diseases and animal social systems},
  author={Charles L Nunn and Peter H. Thrall and Kelly Stewart and Alexander H. Harcourt},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
Emerging infectious diseases threaten a wide diversity of animals, and important questions remain concerning disease emergence in socially structured populations. We developed a spatially explicit simulation model to investigate whether—and under what conditions—disease-related mortality can impact rates of pathogen spread in populations of polygynous groups. Specifically, we investigated whether pathogen-mediated dispersal (PMD) can occur when females disperse after the resident male dies from… CONTINUE READING
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