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Jamie Oaks

Evolutionary biologist.

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There is a troubling association between forest fragmentation and an increase of emerging infectious diseases spilling over into human populations. A lot of important work has led to ecological explanations for this pattern. In a recent opinion piece, Sarah Zohdy, Tonia Schwartz, and I propose an evolutionary mechanism for this pattern that we think can complement ecological perspectives on this problem (Zohdy, Schwartz & Oaks, 2019).


  1. Zohdy S, Schwartz TS, Oaks JR. 2019. The Coevolution Effect as a Driver of Spillover. Trends in Parasitology. DOI: 10.1016/j.pt.2019.03.010. Link.