Avian influenza and Ebola virus are just two of many zoonotic diseases with potentially devastating consequences for both animals and humans.
Sarah Olson, an international expert in wildlife conservation and public health, will speak at the Robert Jonas Biological Sciences Lecture 2023 at Washington State University to improve wildlife health and prevent human beasts such as influenza and Ebola. She talks about her efforts to reduce the threat of common infectious diseases. Pullman.
Olson will give a free public talk, Integrating Health into Global Conservation, on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM in the CUB Junior Ballroom and online.
Olson directs health research for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Health Program. This program focuses on understanding and mitigating wildlife health and zoonotic disease threats, often associated with human activities, and developing sustainable and effective wildlife health monitoring systems. I’m here.
“Dr. Olson’s work at the intersection of infectious disease emergence and protection is inspiring and timely. You’ll benefit from hearing perspectives,” says Jesse Bruner, associate professor of biology and advisor to the WSU Zoological Club.
Olson has studied Ebola virus in great apes and bats, avian influenza in wild birds, and white-nosed syndrome in North American bats. Her research at WCS, a New York-based non-governmental organization, focuses on frontline wildlife conservation and her One Health challenges, including wildlife trade and emerging infectious diseases. .
Based in Montana, it works with WCS to provide leadership and research support to field veterinarians and conservation staff around the world.
Olson studied how deforestation and climate affect malaria rates in the Amazon when he was a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a joint degree in Population Health and Environment and Resources. studied.
While at WSU, she met with students and faculty from the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) for a graduate seminar focused on large-scale empirical research on hibernating bat energetics and modeled susceptibility to white-nose syndrome. to hold.
Named in memory of the beloved WSU Biology Professor, the Robert Jonas Lecture was established in 2006 to help host a speaker selected annually by the Zoological Club to address a conservation or environment-related topic. I’m here. The 2023 lecture will be sponsored by SBS, the Zoological Club and the College of Arts and Sciences.