Pathogens and the Anthropocene

Pathogens and the Anthropocene

The “Anthropocene” is the name that many propose for the current geological epoch in recognition of how fundamentally humans (= anthropoi) have altered the earth’s physical and biological systems. In a guest blog post for a site published by my OU colleagues, I try to bring to bear some historical insights on how human social development and transformation of the earth’s ecosystems has profoundly shaped the ecological and evolutionary setting for pathogenic microbes. You can read it here.

 

Smallpox virion