Aaron A. King, Ph.D.

Nelson G. Hairston Collegiate Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology,
and Complex Systems, University of Michigan
External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Never mind the length, feel the quality: the impact of long-term epidemiological data sets on theory, application and policy

P. Rohani and A. A. King
Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25(10): 611–618, 2010.
Time series of disease incidence display highly informative patterns.

Infectious diseases have been a prime testing ground for ecological theory. However, the ecological perspective is increasingly recognized as essential in epidemiology. Long-term, spatially resolved reliable data on disease incidence and the ability to test them using mechanistic models have been critical in this cross-fertilization. Here, we review some of the key intellectual developments in epidemiology facilitated by long-term data. We identify research frontiers at the interface of ecology and epidemiology and their associated data needs.


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