Links between human wellbeing and wildlife conservation

Wednesday 19 November 2014

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Webster Lecture Theatre 208, Veterinary Science Conference Centre



Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) and Charles Perkins Centre

Dr Christopher Golden and Professor Richard Kock on how human wellbeing is impacted by wildlife conservation.

Co-hosted by Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI); Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Environment Institute. 

Dr Christopher Golden

Environmental change and human health: Food security, forest fires and Facebook

Director of HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages), Wildlife Conservation Society, Research Associate, Department of Environmental Health, and Visiting Scientist, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Christopher Golden, PhD MPH works jointly as the Director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) Program and with the Harvard School of Public Health within both the Departments of Environmental Health and Nutrition. He is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation. Since 1999, Christopher has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar, where his work focuses on local people’s dependence on natural resources for attaining adequate health. This interest has led to various studies into connections between wildlife consumption and the incidence of anaemia in children, and the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health.

Professor Richard Kock

What’s new in the wildlife/infectious disease world that matters to both health parks and healthy people

Royal Veterinary College, London

Richard Kock is a wildlife veterinary ecologist, infectious disease researcher and conservationist. He has worked in the field of wildlife health and disease since 1983 with a focus on African and South Asian ecosystems, 28 years attached to the Zoological Society of London. In January 2011 he left ZSL to take up a chair in Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College London. Much of his work has involved the development of ecological perspectives at the livestock-wildlife interface and organisation and implementation of research, sero-surveillance and disease investigation in wildlife species throughout eastern, central and western Africa. In 2001 he identified and ensured diagnosis of the last outbreak (affecting buffalo) which led to control of the last globally known focus of rinderpest virus and its eradication. At RVC he is working on saiga antelope disease in Kazakhstan, wildlife disease, ecohealth and infectious disease initiatives in Africa including; zoonotic tuberculosis in Uganda, Peste des petits ruminants virus. He has an overarching interest in drivers of emerging diseases and the role of agroecology. He is engaged on capacity building initiatives with a focus on One Health and Ecohealth at the College and internationally. He has led the development of the first face-to-face MSc on One Health in Europe delivered by the RVC and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has provided a strong voluntary input into the conservation of biodiversity, serving as a committee member of the IUCN SSC committee 2004-2008 and is co-chair of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group 2004-present.


1.00pm – 2.30pm

Webster Lecture Theatre 208
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive – Main Campus, Camperdown
B22 University of Sydney

1.00pm – 2.00pm | Presentations
2.00pm – 2.30pm | Q + A session


Free to attend, please email to register mbi@sydney.edu.au