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Partner event: The Nat Presents "Pandemic-era Science"

Thursday, April 15, 2021
9:00 am10:30 am

The past year has sparked broad interest in infectious disease, with particular attention to those viruses with origins in the animal world. In this wide-ranging panel, speakers will discuss both the effect of biodiversity on disease and the effect of disease on biodiversity.

Dr. Chelsea L. Wood will discuss recent quantitative findings that illuminate the surprising relationship between biodiversity and disease risk for the world's most burdensome infectious diseases of humans (including zoonotic and vector-borne diseases). Dr. Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa will share how a decentralized model for rigorous wildlife disease surveillance might address the global health risks associated with wildlife exploitation. Dr. Erik Hofmeister will discuss the potential effects of climate change on zoonotic diseases, commonly defined as diseases of animals that can be transmitted and cause disease in humans. Dr. Robert Montgomery will explore how the COVID-19 quietus has impacted animal ecology and conservation.

This is the third in a series of four 90-minute webinars that compose this year’s State of Biodiversity Digital Symposium


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