Ecological Change and Human Disease

Ecological Change and Human Disease


I’m Kelly O’Donnell the course is
Ecological Change and Human Disease So my background is evolutionary ecology so I am interested in how species interact and how that interaction actually leads
to adaptation or evolutionary change or lack of change or whatever it is you’re
particularly studying The course is about how taking an ecological perspective on some of these emerging diseases that we’re seeing as a global
trend actually helps us understand how those diseases work and how they affect
human lives So we’re taking species interactions and the global changes that we are causing like habitat fragmentation how that effect species diversity you can study that you know in a forest or you could study that and take it to account the fact that humans are a part of the system so we are
hearing about emergent diseases we’re hearing about outbreaks and sort of
uncontrollable situations with disease we’ll spend a lot of time talking about
malaria and Lyme disease which are actually very well studied I definitely think this is important if you are interested in fighting disease because these diseases don’t exist sort of in a vacuum Um, they are affected by both
whatever is in the systems or the disease and whatever gets the disease
but also the environment that both of those organisms find themselves in

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