April 18th 8:45 am – 10:45 am

A One Health Approach to Human Interactions with, and uses of, Wildlife


This Plenary Session will feature presentations and discussions from 4 experts in the One Health field.

Caroline Glidden, Dept of Biology, Stanford University

“Human-mediated impacts on biodiversity and the consequence for zoonotic disease spillover”

Caroline Glidden is a postdoctoral scholar in the Mordecai Lab at Stanford University. For her PhD, Dr. Glidden studied processes shaping micro-parasite communities in African buffalo. Her current work is focused on the effect of land-use change on vector-borne, zoonotic pathogen spillover in Central and South America.

Jonathan Sleeman, MA, VetMB, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM, MRCVS, National Wildlife Health Center Director and OIE National Focal Point for Wildlife for the United States

“Wildlife Health Surveillance in a One Health Context”

Dr. Sleeman leads a team to advance wildlife health science for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment through multidisciplinary research and technical assistance to federal, state, and tribal agencies as well as internationally as a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centre. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters all on the topics of wildlife and ecosystem health. He is active in various scientific organizations, including the Wildlife Disease Association and Ecohealth International, and serves on the OIE’s Working Group on Wildlife. He is board certified by the American College of Zoological Medicine and received his veterinary degree and master’s degree in zoology from the University of Cambridge, England. Previous positions include Director of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Center in Rwanda and Wildlife Veterinarian for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM, One Health Office Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“What is One Health?”

Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM, is the Director of CDC’s One Health Office in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and a Captain in the United States Public Health Service. She serves as the agency’s lead for implementing a multisectoral, One Health approach to public health that connects human, animal, and environmental health, enabling CDC and partners to address emerging zoonotic and infectious diseases and other shared health threats at the human-animal-environment interface. Dr. Barton Behravesh is experienced in bringing together human, animal, and environmental health officials at the local, state, federal, and global levels to bridge gaps related to emerging zoonotic and infectious diseases. During her extensive career at CDC, Dr. Barton Behravesh has done everything from investigating outbreaks in the field to conducting epidemiologic research related to the prevention and control of zoonotic, foodborne, and vector-borne diseases. She also serves as the head of the Collaborating Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). In her leadership role at CDC, she enjoys mentoring students and new staff to help them reach their career goals.

Dr. Barton Behravesh has a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Parasitology from Texas A&M University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She also trained as CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including CDC’s James H. Steele Award for outstanding work on veterinary public health and One Health issues.

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Susan Kutz, DVM PhD. Professor, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Director, Alberta Node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

“Working with, and learning from, Indigenous communities in wildlife health, and ecosystem and public health”

Dr. Susan Kutz is a Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Kutz also holds positions as an Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary, Research Associate, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Research Associate, Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Calgary. Her areas of expertise include wildlife parasitology, disease ecology, ecosystem health, arctic ecology, climate change, and community-based disease surveillance. Her research Interests include Ecosystem Health, Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Wildlife and Zoo Medicine 


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The Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society is a non-profit organization of professional wildlife biologists dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.