Sunday, July 19, 2015

Joining as Guest Editor for Special Issue on Paleoparasitology

I am joining in editoral works on the special issue for "Ancient Parasites, Current Diseases" of Journal of Parasitology Research as guest editor. The issue will be published on May 2016.

Paleoparasitology emerged from the field of paleopathology to focus on parasites associated with human and animal remains, and in sediments from both archaeological and paleontological contexts. The goal of paleoparasitology is to improve our understanding of the history of parasites and parasite population diversity over time, as well as the natural and anthropogenic conditions that contribute to parasite emergence and maintenance in human groups. Hosts and parasites biology is intimately linked by coevolutionary forces persisting through time and space. Engaged in a constant race to gain advantage over the other, evidence of host-parasite coevolution can provide us with a glimpse on human dispersal, peopling of the continents, and human adaptation to various paleoenvironments. Indirectly, host-parasite relationships gleaned from the archaeological record also provide information on climate conditions, paleodiet, and cultural/mortuary practices. Many of the parasitic diseases that plagued ancient human populations continue to burden contemporary societies across the globe and are far from being eradicated. Having contributed to shape the dynamics of modern human populations, the study of the extinct populations coupled with the one of extant populations will allow reconstructing the temporal distribution patterns of both the parasites and their hosts.

Invited to Editorial Board of Scientific Reports

I am invited to serve as an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature. The journal launched in 2011 as a multidisciplinary open access publication covering all areas of the natural sciences. I will act as an Editorial Board Member of Molecular Biology for 2 year term.