Ecological epidemiology

Ecological epidemiology is the study of the ecology of infectious diseases. It includes population and community level studies of the interactions between hosts and their pathogens and parasites, and covers diseases of both humans and wildlife.

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News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion
    | Open Access

    Weather may marginally affect COVID-19 dynamics, but misconceptions about the way that climate and weather drive exposure and transmission have adversely shaped risk perceptions for both policymakers and citizens. Future scientific work on this politically-fraught topic needs a more careful approach.

    • Colin J. Carlson
    • , Ana C. R. Gomez
    • , Shweta Bansal
    •  & Sadie J. Ryan
  • News and Views |

    An in-depth analysis of how pathogen prevalence among both bees and flowers changes over the course of a growing season reveals the complex dynamics of how infection risk changes with species diversity, abundance and phenology.

    • Marla Spivak
    •  & Daniel P. Cariveau
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Species distribution models are a powerful tool for ecological inference, but not every use is biologically justified. Applying these tools to the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to yield new insights, and could mislead policymakers at a critical moment.

    • Colin J. Carlson
    • , Joseph D. Chipperfield
    • , Blas M. Benito
    • , Richard J. Telford
    •  & Robert B. O’Hara
  • News and Views |

    A field test suggests that orally ingestible, spreadable vaccines to combat rabies will transmit widely among vampire bats in the wild, offering a more humane — and effective — alternative to the bat culling practiced throughout Latin America today.

    • Cara E. Brook