Webinar: Climate Change in America's National Parks - Infectious Disease Management in the Climate Change Context

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Presented by Danielle Buttke, Veterinary Epidemiologist and One Health Coordinator, Wildlife Health Branch and Office of Public Health Climate and other environmental change has implications for the emergence and spread of many pathogens and alternations to infectious disease processes.

These implications pose a dilemma for agencies such as the National Park Service (NPS), which is charged with conserving natural resources while also providing for public enjoyment and protection of human health. The complexity of infectious disease ecology, range of projected environmental changes, and diversity of responses of disease-causing pathogens, vectors, and hosts will make it particularly challenging for managers to accurately predict outbreaks to protect resources and human health. Careful examination of the state of the knowledge and recognition of the knowledge gaps for any given system are integral to selecting an appropriate strategy for disease management. We will cover some of the observed and predicted impacts of climate change on wildlife diseases, and ways in which native disease impacts may be amplified due to climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on native wildlife and ecosystems. Managers are encouraged to address infectious disease from an ecosystem processes standpoint, and evaluate management options from the disease impact perspective rather than based on historic categorization of a specific organism or microbe.

The Climate Change in America's National Parks Webinar Series takes place at 2:00 PM EST every second Thursday of the month. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, contact Matt Holly: matt_holly@nps.gov