RDRN General Meeting-Announcements/Refreshments – 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Fabien Mavrot – 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Monitoring Health in a Declining Muskox Population: Challenges and Solutions in the Remote Arctic.
Dr. Mavrot is a Swiss Veterinarian with a strong interest in wildlife and epidemiology. He wrote his Veterinary thesis on infectious keratoconjunctivitis in Alpine Ibex and Chamois at the Center for Fish and Wildlife Health at the University of Bern and subsequently completed a PhD on gastro-intestinal parasites of domestic ruminants at the Section for Veterinary Epidemiology of the University of Zürich. Dr. Mavrot is currently employed as a postdoctoral at the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health of the University of Calgary. His project focuses on improving our understanding of muskox health in the Canadian Arctic. He uses a participatory approach combined with regression analysis to gain insight on the epidemiological processes driving muskox population. In particular, he is interested in pathogens that might be new to the Arctic, such as the bacteria Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae or expanding their range such as the lung-worm Umingmakstrongylus pallikuukensis.