This blog gives updates on Dr. Sherilee Harper and her team as they partake in ecohealth research with Indigenous communities

  • David Borish Wins a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship!
    Sincerest congratulations to David Borish for winning a very prestigious SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship). Learn more about David’s work: Click here to read David’s research bio; and Click here to see David’s website.... Read more »
  • How do non-climatic factors reinforce maladaptation trajectories? Check out this new publication to find out.
    Congratulations to Dr. Carol Zaveleta for her recent publication in PLoS One.  Her participatory, community-based study was conducted in collaboration with Shawi communities. Together, they worked to characterize the food system of the Shawi in the Peruvian Amazon, climatic and non-climatic drivers of their food security vulnerability to climate change, and... Read more »
  • PhD position in participatory climate modeling, ethnoclimatology, and human health in the Arctic
    Looking for a great PhD research project with an interdisciplinary research team?  Apply today! Position is co-supervised by James Ford (Leeds University) and Sherilee Harper (University of Alberta). The position is primarily based in the UK. Apply by 31 October 2018. For more details: Read more »
  • New Video: David Summarizes his National Geographic Student Expedition in Alaska
    Check out this video, entitled “Clap”, created by David Borish (PhD student), that summarizes his National Geographic Student Expedition in Alaska. ... Read more »
  • David leads a National Geographic Student Expedition in Alaska
    Written by David Borish, PhD Student Over the past two weeks I was incredibly fortunate to co-lead a National Geographic Student Expeditions (NGSE) trip in Alaska. NGSE offers photo and video-oriented programs for High School and Middle School students worldwide. Hired as the video-focused trip leader, my role was to provide guidance... Read more »

This site is an educational website which focuses on infectious diseases of companion animals (household pets and horses), with an emphasis on zoonotic diseases – diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people. It takes a broader approach, considering diseases that can be spread from animals to people AND from people to animals.

  • Update: Canine influenza, Ontario (October 30)
    Things have been quiet over the past few days. That’s good news (but always makes me a bit antsy, because I want to be sure it’s because there are no new cases vs we’re just not finding them). Documented infections have been confined to one region, with the exception of... Read more »
  • Raw pet food and human salmonellosis
    We’ve known for some time that there are human health risks from feeding pets raw meat-based diets. Most of the evidence of this has been anecdotal, as published reports have been sparse. A few better documented reports have started to appear, including the fatal E. coli O157 infection I wrote... Read more »
  • Update: Canine influenza, Ontario (October 25)
    As expected, a few more cases have been identified in the most recent cluster of canine influenza virus (CIV) identified in Ontario. So far, there are about 20 confirmed or suspected cases. To date, we’re still only finding cases that have a link to another infected dog or facility. That’s... Read more »
  • CDC didn’t actually say “don’t dress up your chickens for Halloween”…but don’t do it anyway
    Lots of media reports have been saying that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned people not to dress up their chickens for Halloween. Yes, chickens. I wouldn’t have thought that policing chicken fashion would be high on the CDC’s to-do list, but the concern is obviously related to... Read more »
  • Staying tick-free during feeding season
    Click here for an article from by Dr. Katie Clow (of fame… well maybe not “fame” quite yet, but the site’s getting more and more attention) about “How to avoid Lyme disease while ticks are hungry in the fall.” ... Read more »