One Health & Wildlife Talk


One Health and Wildlife Talk shares the best stories and ideas from the UC Davis One Health Institute and the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. All topics are health centered, be it people, other animals, or the environment.

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Becky Elias on the Refugio Oil Spill Response - One Health & Wildlife Talk

Becky Elias became the Oiled Wildlife Care Network's Volunteer Coordinator in 2010. During oil spill response she manages pre-trained volunteer efforts, oversees volunteer scheduling and assists in animal care. We spoke to her about her role in the aftermath of the Refugio Oil Spill, which dumped about 100,000 gallons of thick, crude oil along a 10-mile stretch of coast near Santa Barbara, California.

The OWCN, which is a world leader in oil spill response, was at a conference in Alaska when the spill happened. They had to snap into action and react the fly. 


David Wolking on Operationalizing One Health - One Health & Wildlife Talk

It’s one thing to talk broadly about global development and the idea of One Health. Actually applying those concepts on the ground all over the world is a different beast. It’s complex, but it’s important. David gives us a peek behind the scenes at the machinery that sets those wheels in motion.

Lisa Tell on Hummingbird Health - One Health & Wildlife Talk

Dr. Lisa Tell is an avian disease veterinarian and federally permitted hummingbird master bander. She is currently the director of the UC Davis Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program. It was originally founded by Dr. Holly Ernest, who is now at the University of Wyoming but remains a Wildlife Health Center affiliate and collaborator on the project. Lisa and a team of volunteer citizen scientists and college students focus on establishing scientific data, which is used to help sustain healthy hummingbird populations.

Steve Hampton on Crude Oil Shiped by Rail - One Health & Wildlife Talk

Steve Hampton has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response for 17 years as a resource economist. For the last two years he has been involved in OSPR's expansion to a statewide program, largely motivated by the dramatic changes in the oil industry, especially the development of transporting crude by rail. 

Such changes in oil transport will have a dramatic effect on the Oiled Wildlife Care Network's role in the care and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife during oil spills. 

One Health & Wildlife Talk: Brett Smith of the One Health Institute Lab, Jan. 8

Brett Smith is the Lab Manager for the One Health Institute Laboratory. He graduated from UC Davis in 2000 with a degree in Microbiology and started in the One Health Institute Lab in 2009.

The One Health Institute Lab functions as a service facility for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Network and as the central research facility for the PREDICT project, which aims to halt emerging diseases of pandemic potential.


One Health & Wildlife Talk: California Raptor Center's Bret Stedman

The California Raptor Center is an educational and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds of prey (raptors). The Center is affiliated with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine but is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and is funded by generous community donationsThe non-releasable raptors are open to public view on weekdays and Saturdays. 

Bret Stedman, who manages the center, sat down to tell us about the work they do. The CRC will host their fall Open House on October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

One Health & Wildlife Talk: Ecosystem Threats From Illegal Marijuana Cultivation in California

Deana Clifford is the veterinarian for non game, threatened and endangered species at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis. She’s also an affiliate of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. 

She gave a talk this afternoon at the UC Davis School of Veterinary medicine about how illegal marijuana farms in national forests are impacting local wildlife. We invited her in to talk about that topic and her role as a veterinarian in the effort to address the impacts of these illegal farms. The photos below are referenced in the episode.  

Trash from an illegal camp: 

Camp Trash

One Health & Wildlife Talk: Ebola & Zoonotic Disease Surveillance

In this show we talk about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. While it’s the biggest outbreak in history, it’s not the only one. There have been several other outbreaks in recent years in Uganda. Our guest on this show is Kirsten Gilardi, who tells us a bit about those outbreaks and how they relate to the current crisis. 

Kirsten is co-director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis, which is part of the School of Veterinary Medicine. As co-director, she manages a variety of projects around the world, including the SeaDoc Society in the Pacific Northwest, Gorilla Doctors in Africa, and the PREDICT project, which we talk about in this show. 


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