Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
(First paragraph) As Australians were spending millions of dollars in 2014 to remove the coraleating crown of thorns sea star from the Great Barrier Reef, sea stars started washing up dead for free along North America’s Pacific Coast. Because North American sea stars are important and iconic predators in marine communities, locals and marine scientists alike were alarmed by what proved to be the world’s most widespread marine mass mortality in geographical extent and species affected, especially given its mysterious cause. Investigative research using modern diagnostic techniques implicated a never-before-seen virus . The virus inspired international attention to marine diseases, including this theme issue.
Original Publication Citation
Lafferty, K. D., & Hofmann, E. E. (2016). Marine disease impacts, diagnosis, forecasting, management and policy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B:Biological Sciences, 371(1689), 1-3. doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0200
Lafferty, Kevin D. and Hofmann, Eileen E., "Marine Disease Impacts, Diagnosis, Forecasting, Management and Policy" (2016). CCPO Publications. 291.