Modeling pathogen dispersal in marine fish and shellfish

Cantrell, Danielle L. and Groner, Maya L. and Ben-Horin, Tal and Grant, Jon and Revie, Crawford W. (2020) Modeling pathogen dispersal in marine fish and shellfish. Trends in Parasitology, 36 (3). pp. 239-249. ISSN 1471-4922 (

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In marine ecosystems, oceanographic processes often govern host contacts with infectious agents. Consequently, many approaches developed to quantify pathogen dispersal in terrestrial ecosystems have limited use in the marine context. Recent applications in marine disease modeling demonstrate that physical oceanographic models coupled with biological models of infectious agents can characterize dispersal networks of pathogens in marine ecosystems. Biophysical modeling has been used over the past two decades to model larval dispersion but has only recently been utilized in marine epidemiology. In this review, we describe how biophysical models function and how they can be used to measure connectivity of infectious agents between sites, test hypotheses regarding pathogen dispersal, and quantify patterns of pathogen spread, focusing on fish and shellfish pathogens.


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