National award for Wildlife Health

August 12, 2015

Associate Professor Kris Warren has won a national award for her work in wildlife health.A wildlife health researcher from Murdoch University has been honoured with a national award for her research and education.

Associate Professor Kris Warren won the Barry L. Munday Recognition Award, a national award by the Wildlife Disease Association – Australasian Section.

The award recognised Professor Warren as a leader in the field of wildlife health, not only as a researcher, but also as a ground breaker in the education and mentoring of wildlife health professionals.

“Through her tireless work and commitment to education, training and mentoring in the discipline of Conservation Medicine she has nurtured a whole generation of veterinarians who share her passion for wildlife health and the transdisciplinary approach to its study,” said Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff, Manager, Conservation Science and Research, Auckland Zoo.

“Indeed, her students and graduates are now so numerous, it is impossible to attend a meeting of the WDA-Australasian Section and not be impressed by the large and increasing proportion of participants who have been through one or more of her training programs! And of course, through the establishment of distance learning capability her courses also engage with students located in many other countries.”

Prof Warren said the award honoured the significant achievements of Murdoch University’s Conservation Medicine Program in relation to wildlife health and conservation around the world.

“Murdoch’s ‘one-health’ approach to the field of conservation medicine involves studying the health of endangered wildlife species within ecological contexts in order to assist recovery efforts to conserve these species,” said Prof Warren.

“The research focuses on disease as a threatening agent for endangered species, and the role that it plays in driving population declines and extinctions.

“Disease is increasingly being recognised as a major threatening factor to wildlife conservation, and we know that the emergence of new diseases is often associated with disease inter-relationships between human, animal and ecosystem health and changes in these inter-relationships associated with anthropogenic ecological change.”

The award was presented at the Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association recently.

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