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UT Science Forum -- Epidemics of Less Glamorous Wildlife

Friday, 07 March, 2014

The UT Science Forum presented by Quest offers a weekly lecture on current science, medical, or technology developments. On March 7, 2014, Dr. Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH, Assistant Professor of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences, will speak on "Epidemics of Less Glamorous Wildlife: What can we do to stop them?" from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

When people think of saving wildlife, they often think of charismatic mega-fauna such as elephants, rhinos, pandas, and tigers. But these types of animals only make up a small proportion of the animals that we share the planet with. Two less glamorous types of animals, amphibians and bats, have been under attack from various threats; fungal diseases may lead to extinction of some species. Chytrid fungus attacks the skin of amphibians and can lead to massive die-offs. Similarly, white nose syndrome of bats has led to the death of between 5 and 7 million bats in North America and is still spreading. This talk will discuss these two major epidemics of wildlife and what interventions are being conducted world-wide and at UT to try to stop them.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public.

Location: Thompson-Boling Arena Dining room C-D. Bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena.  

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Thompson-Boling Arena, Private Room C-D
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way #202
Knoxville, TN 37996

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Sandra Allen McLean

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