Department News

2008-07-28

PROF TOM SMITH RECEIVES EPA GRANT

Biodiversity has long been recognized by EPA as critical for environmental well-being. Humans rely on healthy ecosystems to provide food, clean air, and drinking water. But less understood is the connection between disease and biodiversity (the number and variety of plants and animals found in a geographic region).

The EPA grants, totaling \$ 2.25 million, support research programs working to better understand and characterize the mechanisms that link environmental stressors, such as deforestation and climate change, to the loss of biodiversity and the transmission of infections diseases to people. The grants are funded by EPA's Office of the Science Advisor and the Agencys Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, run by EPA's Office of Research and Development. The University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Center for Tropical Research, will be receiving \$ 749,296 in funding and will be used to investigate the role of migratory birds in West Nile Virus transmission and use earth observations to better understand how climate and anthropogenic changes to the environment might predict risk.More Info