The influence of body size on effects of disease in natural populations

Principal Investigators:

Leah R. Gerber

I seek to integrate two promising avenues of ecological research: the study of allometric relationships and scaling laws with the study of disease dynamics within hosts of self-contained microbial ecosystems. Most physiological processes that have been quantified scale in a predictable manner with body size. Many of these body-size dependent processes (such as body temperature, metabolic rate, fever, etc.) are likely to influence the course of infection within an animal. I am interested in how these size-dependent processes alter pathogen population... more

Participants and Meetings

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow15th January 1999—14th January 2001Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Leah R. Gerberleah.gerber [at] asu.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R.; DeMaster, D. 1999. A quantitative approach to Endangered Species Act classification of long-lived vertebrates: Application to the North Pacific humpback whale. Conservation Biology. Vol: 13. Pages 1203-1214.
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R.; DeMaster, D.; Kareiva, Peter. 1999. Gray whales and the value of monitoring data in implementing the Endangered Species Act. Conservation Biology. Vol: 13. Pages 1215-1219.
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R. 1999. Marine conservation marine reserves. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. McGraw-Hill Book Co. New York.
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R.; Hilborn, Ray. 2001. Catastrophic events and recovery from low densities in populations of otariids: Implications for risk of extinction. Mammal Review. Vol: 31. Pages 131-150.
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R.; VanBlaricom, Glenn. 2001. Implications of three viability models for the conservation status of the western population of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Biological Conservation. Vol: 102. Pages 261-269.
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R.; Reichman, O. J.; Roughgarden, Joan. 2004. Food hoarding: Future value in optimal foraging decisions. Ecological Modelling. Vol: 175(1). Pages 77-85.
Journal Article Gerber, Leah R.; Tinker, M. Timothy; Doak, Daniel F.; Estes, James A.; Jessup, David A. 2004. Mortality sensitivity in life-stage simulation analysis: A case study of Southern sea otters. Ecological Applications. Vol: 14(5). Pages 1554-1565.
Journal Article VanBlaricom, Glenn; Gerber, Leah R.; Brownell, R. 2001. Extinctions of marine mammals. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Vol: 4. Academic Press. San Diego, CA. Pages 37-69.
"The influence of body size on effects of disease in natural populations" is project ID: 2102