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Case Studies in EcoHealth – Wellness of animals and ecosystems

EcoHealth is here intended as a field of research and practice that uses sustainable interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to promote the health and wellness of animals (including humans) and ecosystems.

In this book, a broad range of EcoHealth practitioners present a number of case studies from around the world describing practical approaches to addressing current Ecohealth management challenges.

The chapters span from the African jungles to the seas around New Zealand, to the high Himalayas, the North American Prairies and the Arctic.
Some of the case studies included are:

  • the case of the disappearing pollinators in Utah
  • the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and on the life of yak herders in Bhutan
  • innovative responses to turtle conservation in Australia
  • sustainable forest management in Canada
  • how to deal with disease risks to endangered gorilla populations in Uganda
  • how to raise awareness about the impact of toxins in the environment

The chapters are grouped into four themes reflecting the focus of the case studies: Conservation medicine; Climate change and land use; Wetlands, oceans and aquaculture; and Outreach, research and education. These four principal themes capture key characteristics of the EcoHealth approach.

There are also several cross-cutting features that arise in several of the case studies outlined in the book, for example; the importance of implementing the principles of biosecurity, the value of knowledge translation and citizen science, the impact of research in policy formulation and how to engage local communities in wildlife conservation.

This book is developed to appeal to a broad audience, although the academic content is largely aimed at undergraduate and graduate university students with some knowledge of ecology and biological sciences.

Dr Susan Catherine Cork is a veterinarian with over 30 years experience in Asia, Europe and North America. She has research interests in conservation medicine and infectious diseases. She is currently a Professor in Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary.

Dr Douglas Whiteside is an Associate Professor of Conservation Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Head Veterinarian at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management).



Case Studies in Ecohealth was released on the 12th of April and is available on Amazon and on at the links below.

Bibliographic details: Paperback | 9781789182408 | 240 x 170 mm | £45.00 | $70.00 | 416 pp | Veterinary Medicine


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