EVANTH 590S-02: Conservation, Infectious Disease and Human Health

Fall 2018

Instructor: Charles Nunn

Many of the most important infectious disease outbreaks of today are harbored in wildlife, including Ebola, SARS coronaviruses, and Lyme disease. However, evidence also suggests that infectious disease risk is actually reduced in ecosystems that harbor high levels of biodiversity. What are the conditions under which biodiversity reduces human infectious disease risks, and why do some human activities “spark” emergence of disease in human populations? Which activities are these? This course will investigate these questions through specific readings of the recent literature, and with team-based projects that use existing data, including from a Bass Connections project in Madagascar and publicly available comparative data. Prerequisites: EvAnth 101 or Intro Biology; intermediate course in global health or disease ecology or participation on relevant Bass Connections team.