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Academic & Professional Books  Ecology  Evolutionary Ecology

Evolutionary Parasitology The Integrated Study of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, and Genetics

By: Paul Schmid-Hempel(Author)
576 pages, 190 b/w photos and colour illustrations, 71 tables
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About this book

Parasites and infectious diseases are everywhere and represent some of the most potent forces shaping the natural world. They affect almost every aspect imaginable in the life of their hosts, even as far as the structure of entire ecosystems. Hosts, in turn, have evolved complex defences, with immune systems being among the most sophisticated processes known in nature. In response, parasites have again found ways to manipulate and exploit their hosts. Ever since life began, hosts and parasites have taken part in this relentless co-evolutionary struggle with far-reaching consequences for us all.

Today, concepts borrowed from evolution, ecology, parasitology, and immunology have formed a new synthesis for the study of host-parasite interactions. Evolutionary parasitology builds on these established fields of scientific enquiry but also includes some of the most successful inter-disciplinary areas of modern biology such as evolutionary epidemiology and ecological immunology. The first edition of this innovative text quickly became the standard reference text for this new discipline. Since then, the field has progressed rapidly and an update is now required. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to provide a state-of-the-art overview, from the molecular bases to adaptive strategies and their ecological and evolutionary consequences. It includes completely new material on topics such as microbiota, evolutionary genomics, phylodynamics, within-host evolution, epidemiology, disease spaces, and emergent diseases.

Evolutionary Parasitology is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate-level students, and interdisciplinary researchers from a variety of fields including immunology, genetics, sexual selection, population ecology, behavioural ecology, epidemiology, and evolutionary biology. Those studying and working in adjacent fields such as conservation biology, virology, medicine, and public health will also find it an invaluable resource for connecting to the bases of their science.

Contents

1. Parasites and their significance
2. The study of evolutionary parasitology
3. The diversity and natural history of parasites
4. The natural history of defences
5. Ecological immunology
6. Parasites, immunity, and sexual selection
7. Specificity
8. Parasite immune evasion and manipulation of host phenotype
9. Transmission, infection, and pathogenesis
10. Host-parasite genetics
11. Between-host dynamics (epidemiology)
12. Within-host dynamics and evolution
13. Virulence evolution
14. Host-parasite co-evolution
15. Ecology
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Paul Schmid-Hempel is an Emeritus Professor of Biology at the Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ) and Genetic Diversity Centre at ETH Zürich University, Switzerland. He has made major contributions to the study of strategies of animal behaviour, ecological immunology, and evolutionary ecology, with a focus on social insects and their parasites. Experimentation, fieldwork, laboratory studies, and genetic tools combined these studies. Paul has published several books, taught evolution and ecology at ETH Zurich, and was involved in the public outreach of science. He has served several learned societies, was Vice-President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, a Permanent Fellow of the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) and is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).

By: Paul Schmid-Hempel(Author)
576 pages, 190 b/w photos and colour illustrations, 71 tables
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"[...] a wonderful and updated introduction to parasitology, full of fascinating examples and thought-provoking ideas. I think any current researcher in parasitology, or anyone with a slight interest in the field, would undoubtedly benefit from reading at least some of the various topics presented in this book."
– Alejandra G. Jaramillo, TREE

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