The following sources from the University of California, Davis, are available to talk with media about climate change in relation to wildlife health, wildlife conservation and infectious disease.
More UC Davis climate change experts lists are available under the topic areas of atmospheric sciences, water, wildfire and air quality, agriculture, energy and transportation, and community resilience.
Wildlife health and conservation
Joe Gaydos is science director for the SeaDoc Society, a program of the School of Veterinary Medicine based on Orcas Island in Washington state. He can discuss the effects of a changing climate on marine life, such as sea stars, birds and whales, as it relates to disease, prey availability or changes in animal distributions. Contact: 360-914-1083, email@example.com
Michael Ziccardi directs the Oiled Wildlife Care Network out of the School of Veterinary Medicine. He can discuss the effects of oil spills on wildlife, including, birds, otters, sea turtles and others. Contact: 530-752-4167, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Post, a professor of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, can discuss how climate change is affecting “nature’s clock,” or phenology, at his long-term study site in Greenland. He specializes in the ecological consequences of climate change and its impacts on wildlife conservation. Contact: 530-574-1346, email@example.com
Brian Todd is a conservation biologist and professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. He can discuss how climate change and other environmental factors are affecting turtles, desert tortoises, snakes, and other reptiles and amphibians. Contact: 530-752-1140, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Karp is an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. He can discuss solutions for conserving wildlife in working landscapes, including the use of natural habitat around farm fields and issues of land-use conversion. Contact: 530-219-9868, email@example.com
Infectious disease and planetary health
Woutrina Smith is co-director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Planetary Health and an associate professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine. She can discuss climate impacts related to zoonotic disease transmission. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonna Mazet is director of the One Health Institute within the School of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator of USAID’s PREDICT program to find viruses before they spillover into humans. She can discuss climate change as related to infectious disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals and people. Contact: email@example.com
Tracey Goldstein is associate director of the One Health Institute. She can discuss climate change as related to infectious disease detection and transmission among wildlife, domestic animals and people, as well as the potential for disease transmission due to ice loss in the Arctic. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org