Counterintuitive scaling between population abundance and local density: implications for modelling transmission of infectious diseases in bat populations

Tamika Lunn, Alison Peel, Peggy Eby, Remy Brooks, Raina Plowright, Maureen Kessler & Hamish McCallum
1. Models of host-pathogen interactions help to explain infection dynamics in wildlife populations and to predict and mitigate the risk of zoonotic spillover. Insights from models inherently depend on the way contacts between hosts are modelled, and crucially, how transmission scales with animal density. 2. Bats are important reservoirs of zoonotic disease and are among the most gregarious of all mammals. Their population structures can be highly heterogenous, underpinned by ecological processes across different scales,...
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