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Environmentalist Visits SB Southampton

alonso-aguirreAlonso Aguirre, Senior Vice President of the Conservation Medicine Program at Wildlife Trust, will present a lecture on ocean health at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 13, in Stony Brook Southampton‘s Duke Lecture Hall.

Aguirre will discuss the new field of conservation medicine, which links wildlife medicine, public health, and biodiversity to ecosystem health. In this field, he develops new techniques, tools, and theoretical approaches, and ensures that every advance in his science is communicated to health professionals on the ground, all over the world. He suggests that the first priority is to establish health management plans for the prevention of emerging diseases crossing the species barriers.

The talk, “Marine Vertebrates as Sentinels of Ocean Health: Linking Land to Sea,” is part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by Stony Brook Southampton Dean and Vice President Mary Pearl. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 632-5028.

Aguirre won the Harry Jalanka Memorial Medal from Finland, the most prestigious award in zoological and wildlife medicine. He is Chairman of the World Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. He serves as a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is a research professor at Columbia University, where he teaches in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. He is also an executive member of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

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