Avian influenza and Ebola virus are only two of the many zoonotic diseases with potentially dire consequences for animals and humans alike.

Sarah Olson, an international expert in wildlife conservation and public health, will talk about her work to improve the health of wildlife and reduce threats of zoonotic disease, such as influenza and Ebola, during the 2023 Robert Jonas Lecture in Biological Sciences at Washington State University Pullman.

Olson will present a free, public address, “Integrating Health into Global Conservation,” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the CUB Junior Ballroom and online.

Olson directs health research for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Health Program, which focuses on understanding and mitigating wildlife health and zoonotic disease threats, often associated with human activity, and developing sustainable and effective wildlife health surveillance systems.

Jesse Brunner.

“Dr. Olson’s work at the intersection of infectious disease emergence and conservation is exciting and timely. WSU audiences, especially our students, will benefit from hearing her unique perspective on our place and interactions with the natural world,” said Jesse Brunner, associate professor of biology and advisor for the WSU Zoology Club.

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