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dc.contributor.authorHamede, Rodrigo K
dc.contributor.authorBashford, Jim
dc.contributor.authorMcCallum, Hamish
dc.contributor.authorJones, Menna
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:37:42Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:37:42Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2010-09-13T07:09:14Z
dc.identifier.issn1461-023X
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01370.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/33902
dc.description.abstractThe structure of the contact network between individuals has a profound effect on the transmission of infectious disease. Using a novel technology - proximity sensing radio collars - we described the contact network in a population of Tasmanian devils. This largest surviving marsupial carnivore is threatened by a novel infectious cancer. All devils were connected in a single giant component, which would permit disease to spread throughout the network from any single infected individual. Unlike the contact networks for many human diseases, the degree distribution was not highly aggregated. Nevertheless, the empirically derived networks differed from random networks. Contact networks differed between the mating and non-mating seasons, with more extended male-female associations in the mating season and a greater frequency of female-female associations outside the mating season. Our results suggest that there is limited potential to control the disease by targeting highly connected age or sex classes.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1147
dc.relation.ispartofpageto1157
dc.relation.ispartofissue11
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEcology Letters
dc.relation.ispartofvolume12
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPopulation Ecology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchConservation and Biodiversity
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEcological Applications
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEcology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEvolutionary Biology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode060207
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050202
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0501
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0603
dc.titleContact networks in a wild Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) population: using Social Network Analysis to reveal seasonal variability in social behaviour and its implications for transmission of devil facial tumour disease
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorMcCallum, Hamish


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