Earth Watch: Dr. Felicia Keesing On Biodiversity, Infectious Diseases & Coronavirus

Photo: The Keesing Lab

Dr. Felicia Keesing, Distinguished Professor of the Sciences at Bard College in New York, U.S.A., received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. In Kenya, where she has been working for almost 25 years, she has investigated how savanna communities respond to the disappearance of large animals such as elephants and zebras. In the U.S., she studies how interactions among species influence disease risk for humans, particularly for Lyme disease and the emerging diseases anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

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