Predictive Modeling of Coral Disease Distribution within a Reef System

  title={Predictive Modeling of Coral Disease Distribution within a Reef System},
  author={Gareth J Williams and Greta Smith Aeby and Rebecca O. M. Cowie and Simon K Davy},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Diseases often display complex and distinct associations with their environment due to differences in etiology, modes of transmission between hosts, and the shifting balance between pathogen virulence and host resistance. Statistical modeling has been underutilized in coral disease research to explore the spatial patterns that result from this triad of interactions. We tested the hypotheses that: 1) coral diseases show distinct associations with multiple environmental factors, 2) incorporating… CONTINUE READING

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