• Fungal diseases in wildlife: emerging threats from pathogenic fungi

      Sewall, Brent (Temple University. Libraries, 2014)
      Since 1970 there has been a steady rise in infectious disease cases in wildlife and emerging fungal pathogens, even when controlling for reporting bias. Two of the more visible emerging fungal diseases-- chytridiomycosis in amphibians and white-nose syndrome in bats-- have caused unprecedented die-offs of wildlife populations around the globe, threatening biodiversity and ecosystem services. Here we clarify factors associated with fatality from fungal disease in order to shed light on the dynamics of these pathogens and their wildlife hosts and discuss how these factors can be used to advise and prioritize conservation approaches.