Webinar on Zoonoses, Wildlife and Humans in an Era of Climate Change

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The CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change is pleased to invite you to the eleventh event in our webinar series!

Did you miss this webinar? You can watch and listen to the presentation on YouTube!

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST 

Where: Zoom

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Zoonoses, Wildlife and Humans in an Era of Climate Change

CCGHR Climate Change presentation PhotoIn this presentation, Dr Mira Ziolo will give a brief background to zoonoses and spillover events. She will discuss the trends we are seeing in the new millennium and answer why we are seeing these trends. She will then take a deeper dive into underlying factors that drive these spillovers. She will discuss disparities in both animal and human populations and how those affect disease emergence. Climate Change will be brought in as a large driver for that emergence.




MZ Headshot 2019Dr. Mira Ziolo is a clinical veterinarian, a wildlife-human interface consultant  and PhD Candidate for the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC. Her interest lies in building resilience and adaptability in health at wildlife-human interfaces. She has worked primarily in East Sub-Saharan Africa, most recently with the Mountain Gorilla-Human Interface in Rwanda. She hopes to connect her work in the global south with work in the global north and help close inequity gaps. On her downtime, she loves mountain biking and generally finding new ways to explore nature with her trusty partner in crime: Beau, the border collie.   



Abernethy, PaeiviDr. Paivi Abernethy is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and a Climate Change & Health Specialist with the First Nations Health Authority, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She has been working in sustainable healthy community development with Indigenous and rural communities since 2005, focusingon social, ecological and Indigenous determinants of health and community capacity building. Her work centres on impacts of various environmental factors on community and ecosystem health, ranging from climate change, pollution, and natural resource governance (particularly water) to cultural and socioeconomic influences on health.

She is also a member of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change and our volunteer organizer for this webinar.