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dc.contributor.authorGrogan, Laura F
dc.contributor.authorPeel, Alison J
dc.contributor.authorKerlin, Douglas
dc.contributor.authorEllis, William
dc.contributor.authorJones, Darryl
dc.contributor.authorHero, Jean-Marc
dc.contributor.authorMcCallum, Hamish
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-04T12:38:25Z
dc.date.available2019-07-04T12:38:25Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn0006-3207
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.030
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/377105
dc.description.abstractDetermining the role of an infectious agent in contributing to wildlife population declines is a pervasive problem in the field of conservation biology. We expand on a recently proposed broad investigative approach for disease, with a systematic framework outlining the specific types of individual- and population-scale empirical evidence required to demonstrate whether a pathogen is a component cause of declines in wild animal populations. Using koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) population declines and their putative association with the bacterial disease chlamydiosis (Family Chlamydiaceae) as a case study, we review the relevant published literature and synthesize a logical conceptual argument based on our suggested framework. Available empirical evidence supports a role for chlamydiosis contributing to host mortality and sterility, and cannot rule out a role of chlamydiosis as a component cause of koala population declines. However, the relative importance of chlamydiosis (among other threatening processes) as a driver of changes in koala demography and autecology may differ depending on the particular population or system examined, and this has yet to be elucidated over the koala's distributional range. Our approach allows us to highlight current research gaps in order to assist with future policy planning and conservation strategy. We recommend that a similar approach will assist in the evaluation of the role of disease in population declines in other ecological systems.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom334
dc.relation.ispartofpageto344
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBiological Conservation
dc.relation.ispartofvolume221
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAgricultural and Veterinary Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode059999
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode06
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode07
dc.titleIs disease a major causal factor in declines? An Evidence Framework and case study on koala chlamydiosis
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.description.versionPost-print
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.rights.copyright© 2018 Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorJones, Darryl N.
gro.griffith.authorMcCallum, Hamish
gro.griffith.authorKerlin, Douglas H.
gro.griffith.authorPeel, Alison J.
gro.griffith.authorGrogan, Laura F.


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