Wildlife-originated zoonoses in the changing northern environment
University of Oulu
Wildlife-originated zoonotic diseases pose a substantial risk to humans. Quantifying this risk is complex as it arises from the interplay of multiple host, vector and parasite species, and the environment.
This project will quantify the role of host community composition and environmental drivers in wildlife-originated zoonotic disease epidemiology in Finland. This will be achieved by integrating long-term human disease incidence data with unique data on host communities and environmental factors, using state-of-the-art community ecological analytical and modeling tools. The ultimate goal is a better identify the factors that drive the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases in changing northern environment in order to inform intervention strategies.
Key words: Wildlife-originated zoonoses, infection ecology, host community composition, environmental change
Kvantum Institute's Emerging project 2018-2022