A guide for ecologists: Detecting the role of disease in faunal declines and managing population recovery

Preece, Noel D., Abell, Sandra E., Grogan, Laura, Wayne, Adrian, Skerratt, Lee F., van Oosterzee, Penny, Shima, Amy L., Daszak, Peter, Field, Hume, Reiss, Andrea, Berger, Lee, Rymer, Tasmin L., Fisher, Diana O., Lawes, Michael J., Laurance, Susan G., McCallum, Hamish, Esson, Carol and Epstein, Jon H. (2017) A guide for ecologists: Detecting the role of disease in faunal declines and managing population recovery. Biological Conservation, 214 136-146. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.014


Author Preece, Noel D.
Abell, Sandra E.
Grogan, Laura
Wayne, Adrian
Skerratt, Lee F.
van Oosterzee, Penny
Shima, Amy L.
Daszak, Peter
Field, Hume
Reiss, Andrea
Berger, Lee
Rymer, Tasmin L.
Fisher, Diana O.
Lawes, Michael J.
Laurance, Susan G.
McCallum, Hamish
Esson, Carol
Epstein, Jon H.
Title A guide for ecologists: Detecting the role of disease in faunal declines and managing population recovery
Journal name Biological Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3207
1873-2917
Publication date 2017-08-17
Year available 2017
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.014
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 214
Start page 136
End page 146
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, especially among vertebrates. Disease is commonly ignored or dismissed in investigations of wildlife declines, partly because there is often little or no obvious clinical evidence of illness. We argue that disease has the potential to cause many species declines and extinctions and that there is mounting evidence that this is a more important cause of declines than has been appreciated. We summarise case studies of diseases that have affected wildlife to the point of extinction and bring together the experiences of wildlife managers, veterinarians, epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, zoologists and ecologists to provide an investigation framework to help ecologists and wildlife managers address disease as a factor in wildlife declines. Catastrophic declines of wildlife may be the result of single or multiple synergistic causes, and disease should always be one factor under consideration, unless proven otherwise. In a rapidly changing world where emerging infectious diseases have become increasingly common, the need to consider diseases has never been more important.
Keyword Facial-Tumor Disease
Emerging Infectious-Diseases
Woylie Bettongia-Penicillata
Tasmanian Devil
Conservation Biology
Amphibian Declines
Epidemic Disease
Batrachochytrium-Dendrobatidis
Sarcophilus-Harrisii
Dasyurus-Hallucatus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID FTll0100191
Institutional Status UQ

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