Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Diseases Conference

Originally posted on Animal Ecology In Focus:
A few weeks ago, Dr Lauren White from the University of Minnesota told us about the intersection of wildlife conservation, disease and human health for Endangered Species Day. Now she is back to give us a recap of the Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease Conference recently held…

The intersection of wildlife conservation, disease, and human health

Originally posted on Animal Ecology In Focus:
Today marks Endangered Species Day, when people around the world are encouraged to discover more about threatened species and their habitats. For conservation efforts to succeed, it is necessary to understand how animals interact with each other, with their environment – and with humans. Lauren White (University of…

Spatial disease models: picking a “useful” model for pressing ecological questions

Originally posted on Animal Ecology In Focus:
Since all models are wrong the scientist cannot obtain a “correct” one by excessive elaboration. On the contrary following William of Occam he should seek an economical description of natural phenomena. Just as the ability to devise simple but evocative models is the signature of the great scientist…