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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Michelle Hawkins of the California Raptor Center

Dr. Michelle Hawkins is the Director of the California Raptor Center, which we talk about in detail in this episode of the show.

Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She completed a residency and fellowship in Companion Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis in 2001 and was board certified in Avian Practice in 2003, when she returned to Davis to join the faculty. She became the medical director of the CRC in 2005 and the general director in 2013.

Christine Johnson & Tierra Smiley Evans on Non-Invasive Primate Sampling

A noninvasive technique involving strawberry jam and a piece of rope is helping surveillance for diseases that might jump from monkeys to humans according to a study from the University of California, Davis. Christine Johnson and Tierra Smiley Evans of the UC Davis One Health Institute discuss the method on this week's show. 

The OHI’s PREDICT Project has been performing global disease surveillance for more than five years, but the logistics of screening primates for zoonotic pathogens — diseases that can be passed from animals to humans — have often presented a challenge. That is because invasive sampling techniques, such as collecting blood or using oral swabs, require anesthesia in the field.

The One Health Institute is part of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Janet Foley on the Endangered Amargosa Vole

Janet Foley is a Professor of Vector-borne Disease Epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She co-leads a variety of grants related to vole recovery and is a member of the ad-hoc Amargosa vole team. She studies the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in complex communities. She aims to understand how community complexity contributes to disease persistence and emergence, and how driving factors are affected by anthropogenic change. 

In this show we talk about her work with Amargosa voles, which are on the brink of extinction. Foley, who is a Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center affiliated faculty member, is working with a team on a captive-breeding effort. 

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.


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