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Understanding the evolution of infectious disease at the invasion front

thesis
posted on 26.03.2020, 02:52 by LOUISE SOLVEIG NOERGAARD
Understanding the occurrence and spread of infectious disease is a major challenge to epidemiologists and evolutionary biologists. As a result of range expansions, invasions and patch colonisation, pathogens encounter highly dynamic host populations, where infection strategies that optimise transmission and exploitation may not be the same across a landscape. My thesis provides some of the first empirical evidence of how disease may evolve when encountering conditions that mimic the core and front of an invading host population. I test for a range of ecological consequences of range expansion on pathogen fitness, and discuss how pathogens might evolve when travelling with their host.

History

Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Matthew Hall

Additional supervisor 1

Ben Phillips

Additional supervisor 2

Keyne Monroe

Year of Award

2020

Department, School or Centre

Biological Sciences

Additional Institution or Organisation

Biological Sciences

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

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