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Class of 2019

Master of Science in Conservation Medicine

Case Study Presentations

Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 8:30 – 4:30 pm

Varis Lecture Hall, Grafton Campus – 200 Westboro Rd., North Grafton, MA 01536

8:30 Continental Breakfast  
9:00 Introduction Dr. Chris Whittier
  Around the Globe (Remote Presenters)  
9:05 Polar Bears, Climate Change, and Policy in the United States Victoria Rowley


9:25 Bats as Disease Reservoirs: The Natural History and Ecology of Zoonotic Spillover Hannah Eiseman

(Remote Tasmania)

9:45 Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Thai Elephants: Prevalence and Management Implications Danielle Carnahan

(Remote Thailand)

10:05 The Health Impacts of Plastic Entanglement and Ingestion on Nonfilter-feeding and Filter-feeding Sharks Olivia Rozanski

(Remote UPenn)

10:25 Break  
  Environmental Health & Conservation  
10:40 A One Health Look at the Effects of Spraying Fire Retardants in California Jordyn Ellorin

(Remote California)

11:00 Behind the Smoke Screen: The Need for Environmental Regulation and Social Justice with Marijuana Cultivation in the United States Hannah Bartling
11:20 Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms in South Florida’s Freshwater: An Evaluation of Threats to Human, Animal, and Environmental Health Elena Iacono
11:40 Spatial Distribution of Anticoagulant Rodenticides in Non-Target Species, Fishers (Pekania pennanti) in Vermont, USA Jacqueline Buckley
12:00 Lunch Break with MAPP Agnes Varis Campus Center  
  Population Health & Conservation  
1:00 Evaluating the Factors Contributing to Species Redistribution on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Natalie Bauer
1:20 Seabirds and Climate Change; Trends in Chick Mass and Survival in Black Guillemots (Cepphus grylle) on the Coast of Maine Kristen Bishop
1:40 Investigating Lyme Disease Risk in Urban Boston


Dayna Martinez
2:00 Identifying Factors That Influence River Otter-Vehicle Collisions in Central East Florida Aliris Loperena
2:20 Heavy Metal Concentration in Fox Hair: A Harmless Method to Assess Mining Pollution Javiera Constanzo Chávez
2:40 Break  
  Technological Applications to Conservation Challenges  
2:55 A Feasibility Analysis of GPS Tracking River Dolphins in Nepal Kritika Dhungana


3:15 Camera Trapping: How a Tool Developed for Hunters Might Instead Save Our Planet’s Wildlife David Segal
3:35 A Risk Analysis of the Australian Rhino Project and a Conservation Medicine Alternative to Saving Africa’s Rhinos Meghan Warren


3:55 The Zoonotic Transmission of Ebola Virus Disease Through Ape-derived Bushmeat: A GIS based vulnerability analysis of the Democratic Republic of Congo Anjali Narasimhan

(Remote Toronto)

4:15 Closing Dr. Alison Robbins


Not presenting Rebekah Smith