COVID-19 is one of hundreds of diseases infectious to humans that have emerged in the past 75 years. Many of these diseases have something in common: they are “zoonotic,” or caused by pathogens that can be shared between humans and other vertebrate animals. What does this imply for the relationship and proximity humans have to animals? Do areas rich in wildlife diversity serve as hotspots for disease emergence, and if so, what should we do about it?
Felicia Keesing is a biologist at Bard College who studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. Keesing will describe what we know about the sources of new human diseases, and the surprising role of biodiversity loss in fueling new outbreaks.
This talk is part of the Life Saves the Planet lecture series. More info: https://bio4climate.org/
BIO: Felicia Keesing
Ecologist and educator at Bard College in Annandale, New York. Program in Biology.