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Wildlife health in Nepal to be discussed at Dec. 2 Café Scientifique

November 20, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN –Wildlife health in Nepal will be the focus of the Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Baxter Ballroom, 105 W. Main, in downtown Bozeman. 

Dr. Deborah McCauley, a wildlife veterinarian who has worked in North America, Africa and Asia, will be the featured speaker. Attendees should note that this free public event will be held on a Tuesday instead of the normal Thursday. 

McCauley has been involved with wildlife disease surveillance, wildlife capture and immobilization, field surgery, field research, and disease prevention and response. She founded the Veterinary Initiative for Endangered Wildlife (VIEW) to address the growing threat of disease transmitted by humans and domestic animals to endangered wildlife. VIEW provides training to local veterinarians and park rangers, infrastructure for a field laboratory in Chitwan National Park and conducts research on health issues that most affect endangered wildlife.  

McCauley says Nepal, with nearly 28 million people, is rich in wildlife biodiversity. However, the abundant wildlife is threatened by human development, including agriculture, poaching, habitat destruction, building of roads, and introduced species.  Compounded by the impacts of climate change, these pressures place undue threats on wildlife health that cannot be addressed with current resources in Nepal. The close association between human development and wildlife in ever shrinking habitats also creates ample opportunity for pathogens to flow between humans and animals and across the landscapes that connect them.

Café Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE and COBRE programs, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

Montana INBRE and COBRE are each an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant numbers P20GM103474 (INBRE) and GM110732 (COBRE). 

For more information about McCauley and VIEW, go to www.viewildlife.org.

For more information about the upcoming event, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or lhowell@montana.edu. For more information about the Café Scientifique concept, check the Web at http://www.inbre.montana.edu/cafe.php

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu