Genomics of disease in wildlife lectures

Wildlife biodiversity can be drastically affected by the outbreak and transmission of disease in both natural habitats and off-site populations. Thanks to recent technological advances in genome sciences, scientists now have powerful tools to monitor, detect, and reconstruct the past, present and future role of pathogens within wildlife biodiversity.

Wildlife affected by infectious diseases include elk, bison, bighorn sheep, amphibians, bats and primates.

Colorado State University will host a lecture series in June to explore this topic in conjunction with a Genomics of Disease in Wildlife workshop.

All lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Lory Student Center, Longs Peak Room, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

“Emerging Pathogens with High Host Plasticity in Wildlife: Threats to Conservation and Public Health”

Christine Krueder Johnson, professor of medicine and epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis

Tuesday, June 6

“Landscapes, Genetics and Disease: Chytridiomycosis in Amphibians”

Kelly Zamudio
Goldwin-Smith Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

Thursday, June 8

“Genomics of Emerging Fungal Pathogens of Bats”

Jeff Foster, assistant professor, Department of Molecular Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Contact the organizers for more information.