Evolutionary perspectives on wildlife disease: concepts and applications
Article first published online: 27 AUG 2014
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Special Issue: Evolutionary perspectives on wildlife disease: concepts and applications
Volume 7, Issue 7, pages 715–722, August 2014
How to Cite
Vander Wal, E., Garant, D. and Pelletier, F. (2014), Evolutionary perspectives on wildlife disease: concepts and applications. Evolutionary Applications, 7: 715–722. doi: 10.1111/eva.12179
- Issue published online: 27 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 27 AUG 2014
- Manuscript Received: 21 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 MAY 2014
- Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science via Fonds de Recherche du Québec—Nature et Technologies
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery
- Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Demography and Conservation
- applied evolution;
- host–pathogen interactions;
- wildlife management;
Wildlife disease has the potential to cause significant ecological, socioeconomic, and health impacts. As a result, all tools available need to be employed when host–pathogen dynamics merit conservation or management interventions. Evolutionary principles, such as evolutionary history, phenotypic and genetic variation, and selection, have the potential to unravel many of the complex ecological realities of infectious disease in the wild. Despite this, their application to wildlife disease ecology and management remains in its infancy. In this article, we outline the impetus behind applying evolutionary principles to disease ecology and management issues in the wild. We then introduce articles from this special issue on Evolutionary Perspectives on Wildlife Disease: Concepts and Applications, outlining how each is exemplar of a practical wildlife disease challenge that can be enlightened by applied evolution. Ultimately, we aim to bring new insights to wildlife disease ecology and its management using tools and techniques commonly employed in evolutionary ecology.