SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

December 18, 2015 15:08 ET

University of Calgary researchers look at the impact of climate change on parasites in Arctic wildlife

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 18, 2015) - A brisk, refreshing breeze blows over the hills and through the pasture at the University of Calgary's Wildlife Research Station at the Spyhill Campus. Dotting the horizon are eight not so tiny reindeer. Like an early dose of holiday magic, the sight transports you to the frozen north. But while these animals are a treat to look at there's more than meets the eye. Underneath all of the fur lives a parasitic clue that tells researchers Dr. Susan Kutz and Pratap Kafle how well the animals are adapting to climate change.

Kutz, who has dedicated nearly two decades of her life to arctic research and Kafle who is currently working towards his PhD are looking at the changing arctic climate, specifically the effect that warming arctic temperatures have on host-parasite interactions in muskoxen, reindeer and caribou.

The conservation of Arctic ungulates is not only important for protecting these species but is also imperative for the welfare of Arctic peoples who depend on caribou, and muskoxen for food and income.

The University of Calgary is uniquely positioned to find solutions to key global challenges. Through the research strategy for Infections, Inflammation, and Chronic Diseases in the Changing Environment (IICD), top scientists lead multidisciplinary teams to understand and prevent the complex factors that threaten our health and economies.

WHAT: Media availability with research study lead Dr.Susan Kutz

WHEN: Monday, December 21, 2015 -- 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine -- Foothills Campus -- Please call to confirm location details

WHO: Dr. Susan Kutz, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Collene Ferguson
    Manager, Marketing and Communications
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Calgary
    Tel: 403.210.6615 (office); 403.472.0206 (cell)
    collene.ferguson@ucalgary.ca