“Learning from Loons: Conservation Medicine Linking Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health” with senior consulting veterinarian Mark Pokras
NEW TIME: Tuesday, December 5| 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
The links between animal health, human health, and the environment are undeniable. In this discussion, Mark Pokras will focus on how a long-term study of one species, the common loon (Gavia immer), is contributing to our knowledge of these links.
Iconic symbol of our northern lakes, we have learned a great deal about the basic biology of this long-lived species in the last few decades. A consortium of wildlife biologists, academic researchers, citizen scientists, veterinarians, and agency personnel have also found that this species can yield important insights on pollutants, emerging pathogens, climate change, and other threats.
Pokras is senior consulting veterinarian at the Biodiversity Research Institute. He earned his DVM from Tufts University, then continued on as a resident in zoo and wildlife medicine. Pokras later served as Director of the Wildlife Clinic at Tufts and was one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine. His professional interests include medicine and surgery in wildlife, aquatic birds, environmental health, and conservation biology. He has been researching mortality in loons since 1987 and is well-known for his work on lead poisoning in wildlife and public health.