Trends in marine mammal mortality in British Columbia: evaluating ecosystem health, disease transmission, and human-marine mammal interactions

Human, marine mammal, and ocean health are all interconnected. Consequently, studying the health of marine mammals provides information about human and ocean health. The focus of this project is to use existing data on marine mammal disease and mortality to document land to sea disease transmission, geographic spread of disease within the marine ecosystem, and to evaluate negative human interactions with marine mammals. Better understanding marine mammal health will provide needed data about diseases that co-infect humans and marine mammals and help inform future decisions about marine mammal management and conservation

Rhea Storlund
Faculty Supervisor: 
Andrew Trites;David Rosen
British Columbia
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