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Effects of Climate Change on Virus Emergence
(90-minute webinar)

Historic pandemics and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis emphasize the biomedical threats caused by virus evolution, and the need to better predict when and how viruses are driven to emerge on new host species such as humans. Global climate change affects whether or not biological populations will thrive under new environmental challenges. It is reasonable to expect that some infectious disease pathogens will adapt to changing environmental conditions and potentially increase in prevalence, whereas others will suffer negative effects that lead to geographic range contractions and even local extinctions. This webinar examines current and future effects of climate fluctuations and their potential impacts on parasites and pathogens. In particular, we will explore the influence of climate change on virus evolution, and the probability that human populations will encounter greater or fewer emerging virus pathogens in the near future.

Nov 11, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Paul Turner
Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology @Yale University
Dr. Paul Turner is the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and Microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine. He obtained a BA in Biology (1988) from University of Rochester, a PhD in Microbial Evolution (1995) from Michigan State University, and did postdocs at National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and University of Maryland-College Park, before joining Yale in 2001. Dr. Turner studies evolutionary genetics of viruses, particularly phages (bacteria-specific viruses) that infect bacterial pathogens and RNA viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, and researches the use of phages to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases. He is very active in science-communication outreach to the general public, and is involved in programs where faculty collaborate with K-12 teachers to improve STEMM education in underserved public schools. Dr. Turner’s service includes the National Science Foundation’s Bio Advisory...