Modeling pathogen dispersal in marine fish and shellfish

Danielle L. Cantrell, Maya L. Groner, Tal Ben-Horin, Jon Grant, Crawford W. Revie

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number3
Early online date6 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020


  • biophysical modeling
  • parasite dispersal
  • pathogen dispersal


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