NEXT MONTH: Does biodiversity help to prevent pandemics? (Dan Salkeld)

August 2021

There is a lot in the media these days about how protecting biodiversity reduces the risk of zoonotic disease spillover, and hence the risk of epidemics and pandemics. There seems to be good evidence for this in many cases, but how universal is such a claim? What is the science behind it? Are there exceptions to the rule? And what are the risks of implying consensus and causation if we are not completely certain about all of this?

Dan Salkeld is a disease ecologist, and professor at Colorado State University. He has been discussing this topic in the literature for many years, and will share some of those thoughts with us.