The University of California, Davis, has hired a scientist to study ecosystem and wildlife health problems in the inland waters of Washington and British Columbia and to help others in the region who are addressing those concerns.
Wildlife health specialist Joe Gaydos has already started work at the Marine Ecosystem Health Program's office on Orcas Island, Wash. Gaydos has a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree in wildlife diseases from the University of Georgia. He has extensive training and experience in the investigation and diagnosis of diseases of free-ranging animals.
The Marine Ecosystem Health Program (MEHP) was established in January 2000 by the Wildlife Health Center of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. It is coordinated in Davis by wildlife veterinarian Kirsten Gilardi. Its mission is to apply science to the problems facing marine wildlife and ecosystems.
At present, the program focuses on issues facing the inland waters of the region, including Puget Sound, the Northwest Straits and Georgia Basin. Those issues include declines in fish and wildlife populations, environmental contamination of the marine ecosystem and wildlife, and introduction of non-native species.
Gaydos will serve as a scientific resource for other researchers, organizations and individuals seeking information about regional issues. He will act as a facilitator for collaborations and information-sharing between scientists and others involved in ecosystem and wildlife health issues in the region, such as resource agency biologists, fishermen, non-governmental organizations, tribes and other interested citizens. He also will conduct research that focuses on strategies for restoring native species and improving wildlife health.
Editors: A color photograph of Joe Gaydos is available. Contact Sylvia Wright, below.
More information: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/.