Rm. 257, University College, 15 King's C
  • January 30, 2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:10:00 PM – Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Rm. 257, University College, 15 King's College Circle
Environment & Health Seminar

KAREN MORRISON, Assistant Professor, Population Health, University of Guelph

ABSTRACT: Watersheds provide powerful physical units in which to unite concerns about ecological and social health and well-being. They expand the notion of settings in public health to include the natural environment. Watershed manifest Falkenmark's notion of the hydrological imperative, particularly in the face of climate change, and provide a useful boundary for discussions of a myriad of water and land issues at multiple scales. An ecosystem approach to health (also known as ecohealth) provide a useful set of principles to guide social-ecological systems research in this, and other, areas. Examples of new watershed-based initiatives and partnerships in Canada will be discussed.

BRIEF BIO: Dr. Karen Morrison is an Assistant Professor in the Population Medicine department of the Ontario Veterinary College. She is Vice-President of the International Association for Ecology and Health and co-Principle Investigator of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. She has extensive international experience conducting ecohealth research and training, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada and South East Asia.