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Readership: Graduate level students as well as professional researchers in parasitology, evolutionary biology, and behavioural ecology. It will also be of relevance and use to a broader audience of epidemiologists and ecologists.
Edited by David P. Hughes, Department of Entomology and Biology, Penn State University, USA, Jacques Brodeur, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Montréal, Canada, and Frédéric Thomas, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
David Hughes is Assistant Professor at Penn State University (dual appointment to the Department of Entomology and the Department of Biology). His work has mostly focused on the behavior of social insects (wasps and ants) when infected by parasites. He has also
collaborated extensively with Fred Thomas on the Hairworms system of cricket manipulation. He has published more than 32 papers in leading international journals including: Nature, TREE, Current Biology, American Naturalist, Biology Letters, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. In 2008 he edited a book for OUP with Patrizia D'Ettorre (P. D'Ettorre & D.P. Hughes (2008) Sociobiology of Communication. Oxford University Press).
Trained as experimental and theoretical ecologist, Jacques Brodeur is a full professor at the University of Montréal, Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Biocontrol. For the past 18 years, he has studied the biology and ecology of natural enemies used for biological control of arthropod pests. A long-term goal of his research is to identify the governing ecological principles and mechanisms of multispecies interactions within arthropod communities, and to apply these principles to develop reliable and predictive strategies to best take advantage of biological control agents. He has published a large number of papers on host-parasitoid relationships, including host manipulation.
Frédéric Thomas is Directeur de Recherche at CNRS with a well established expertise in the field of host-parasite interactions, and especially host manipulation. He is leading a team entitled "Parasitically modified organisms". He has published more than 140 articles in international peer reviewed journals (1995-present), including Nature, Evolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Ecology, American Naturalist, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Plos pathogen, Proteomics and also edited five books (two at Oxford University Press).
"This book gives a stimulating review of host manipulation by parasites. It does so by actually going beyond the natural history to address its evolutionary significance and evolutionary consequences."
Preface: Richard Dawkins:
1: Janice Moore: A history of parasites and hosts, science and fashion
John Alcock: Afterword
2: Frédéric Thomas, Thierry Rigaud, and Jacques Brodeur: Evolutionary routes leading to host manipulation by parasites
Stephen C. Stearns: Afterword
3: Shelley A. Adamo: The strings of the puppet master: How parasites change host behavior
Gene Robinson: Afterword
4: Bernard D. Roitberg: Parasites discover behavioral ecology: How to manage one's host in a complex world
Frédérique Dubois: Afterword
5: Mark C. Mescher: Manipulation of plant phenotypes by insects and insect-borne pathogens
Pedro Jordano: Afterword
6: Naomi E. Langmore and Claire N. Spottiswoode: Visual trickery in avian brood parasites
Scott V. Edwards: Afterword
7: Wolfgang J. Miller and Daniela Schneider: Endosymbiotic microbes as adaptive manipulators of arthropod behavior and natural driving sources of host speciation
Lee Ehrman: Afterword
8: David P. Hughes: Parasites and the superorganism
Bert Hölldobler: Afterword
9: Kevin D. Lafferty and Armand M. Kuris: Ecological consequences of manipulative parasites
Michel Loreau: Afterword
10: Robert Poulin and Edward P. Levri: Applied aspects of host manipulation by parasites
Andrew Read & Victoria Braithwaite: Afterword
11: Frank Cézilly & Frédéric Thomas: Behavioral manipulation outside the world of parasites
Alex Kacelnik: Afterword