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Climate Change and Disease Ecology You are invited to join Drew Harvell, Kelly Zamudio, and Laura Harrington for a lunch
 

Summary: Climate Change and Disease Ecology
You are invited to join Drew Harvell, Kelly Zamudio, and Laura Harrington for a lunch
and discussion on Sept 3 at 12:30 supported by Cornell's Center for a Sustainable Future
(CCSF) on "Climate Change and Disease Ecology". Our goal is to provide a forum for
discussion of ideas and opportunities by bringing together Cornell faculty with expertise
and interest in integrated studies of disease ecology and climate change. We are
interesting to discuss initially effects of environmental drivers on both host immunity and
pathogen virulence. We suggest that development of immune genomics capacity at
Cornell could improve our linkages with the Life Sciences initiative and capacity to
predict host immune responses to climate change. Additionally, our group is writing a
CCSF seed proposal to develop forecasting models for comparative study of the impacts
of climate change on three key systems: Coral reef diseases, mosquito-borne diseases and
amphibian diseases. These specific projects are already underway in some form with
funding from Global Environmental Fund (Coral Disease and Climate Drivers), Gates
Challenge (Mosquito dynamics) and National Science Foundation (all), and so provide an
opportunity to test forecasting algorithms with data already collected. We invite
suggestions and ideas for extension of this concept from interested colleagues.
The goal of the "Climate Change and Disease Ecology Lunch" is to 1) bring diverse
faculty with similar interests in this topic across campus together to share ideas; 2) to
identify priorities for fostering a collaborative group of disease ecology faculty across

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering