I am happy to be involved in numerous projects throughout the world that promote the conservation of wild places, and the health and welfare of people and animals.
The Mad Dog Initiative
I am co-founder and co-director of The Mad Dog Initiative which is a dedicated group of international veterinary professionals and biologists. Since 2013, we have led an effort to protect the wildlife of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar through a combination of spay/neuter, vaccination program and wildlife monitoring. Our goal is to promote wildlife conservation, animal welfare and human health in Madagascar through the care and management of feral dogs. We are also dedicated to training and supporting the next generation of Malagasy veterinarians.
Please take a moment to learn more about us! www.maddoginitiative.com
The Kibale Mobile Health Clinic
I am excited to be involved in the Kibale Mobile Health Clinic, which provides much-needed health care and health education to remote communities living in and around Kibale National Park, Uganda. In addition to providing a critical service to local communities, this project is an applied conservation tool that links the presence and welfare of the park to tangible community benefits.
Please read more about the mobile clinic here! http://chapmanresearch.mcgill.ca/MobileClinic&Conservation.html
Understanding the role of environmental burden in disease transmission
Along with a team of microbial biologists, physicians and epidemiologists, I am part of a long-term project to measure and model disease transmission (specifically, Clostridium difficile, a common and sometimes fatal bacterial disease) in hospitals. The goal of this project is to determine the effect of hospital patient's immediate environments on the risk of infection by bringing traditional ecological sampling techniques to epidemiology.