Top 15 cited infectious disease ecology papers of the past decade

I’m a bit behind on blogging (and everything else), but I’d never forget your parasite ecology Halloween treat! Since nothing scares me quite as much as comparing my impact metrics to those of my colleagues, I thought it’d be horrifyingly fun to post a list of the 15 infectious disease ecology papers that were published and most cited in the past decade. I’m sure the suspense is already killing you, so here it is: 

  1. Gilman et al. 2010. A framework for community interactions under climate change. TREE. Cited 486 times.
  2. Lafferty 2009. The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases. Ecology. Cited 435 times.
  3. Lafferty et al. 2008. Parasites in food webs: the ultimate missing links. Ecology Letters. Cited 378 times.
  4. Alizon et al. 2009. Virulence evolution and the trade-off hypothesis: history, current state of affairs and the future.Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Cited 314 times.
  5. Fincher et al. 2008. Pathogen prevalence predicts human cross-cultural variability in individualism/collectivism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences. Cited 255 times.
  6. Kilpatrick et al. 2010. The ecology and impact of chytridiomycosis: an emerging disease of amphibians. TREE. Cited 229 times.
  7. Harris et al. 2009. Skin microbes on frogs prevent morbidity and mortality caused by a lethal skin fungus. ISME Journal. Cited 228 times.
  8. Smith et al. 2009. The role of infectious diseases in biological conservation. Animal Conservation. Cited 202 times.
  9. Crowl et al. 2008. The spread of invasive species and infectious disease as drivers of ecosystem change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Cited 200 times.
  10. Kelly et al. 2009. Parasite spillback: A neglected concept in invasion ecology? Ecology. Cited 196 times.
  11. Martinez 2009. The role of natural environments in the evolution of resistance traits in pathogenic bacteria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences. Cited 191 times.
  12. Angela et al. 2013. A comparison of bats and rodents as reservoirs of zoonotic viruses: are bats special? Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences. Cited 184 times.
  13. Tompkins et al. 2011. Wildlife diseases: from individuals to ecosystems. Journal of Animal Ecology. Cited 170 times.
  14. Plowright et al. 2008. Causal inference in disease ecology: investigating ecological drivers of disease emergence. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Cited 168 times.
  15. Hoberg et al. 2008. A macroevolutionary mosaic: episodic host-switching, geographical colonization and diversification in complex host-parasite systems. Journal of Biogeography. Cited 166 times.

To generate this list, I searched Web of Science for papers with “infectious disease*” as a topic, and I filtered the results by ecology as a subject. A different search strategy would likely alter the results, but this list seems relevant to me. If you’re a grad student preparing for prelims, this would make a great reading list! Happy Halloween!

2 thoughts on “Top 15 cited infectious disease ecology papers of the past decade

  1. Not to nitpick an old post, but how did “impacts of biodiversity on the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases” by Keesing et al. 2010 not show up in the search? That one has over 1000 citations. Likely there’s a handful of heavy hitters that got missed by the search.

    • Good question! My guess is that it depends on how WoS classifies papers as being “ecology” papers. I think we’d really need a list of 50-100 to get all the “heavy hitters”, but this one method gave an OK list of 15, so I shared it. 🙂

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