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Marine Ecosystem Health Program*

The Marine Ecosystem Health Program coordinates research projects to assess, restore and enhance the health of wildlife populations and habitat along the Pacific Coast, with special emphasis on the San Juan Archipelago and Northwest Straits region of Washington state.

The Marine Ecosystem Health Program is moving full-steam ahead under the guidance of program coordinator Dr. Kirsten Gilardi with the hiring of scientist and veterinarian Dr. Joe Gaydos.

From a base of operations in the San Juan Islands, Dr. Gaydos will help the program achieve its mission of restoring ecosystem and wildlife health to the inner coastal waters of Washington and British Columbia. He will serve as a scientific resource available to individuals and organizations who seek vital information addressing ecosystem and wildlife health issues, conduct targeted research, and facilitate collaborations among scientists and stakeholders.

"I am very excited about working for the Wildlife Health Center," says Dr. Gaydos. "There is a lot of good work being done in Washington’s Inland Sea region, and the MEHP is really going to facilitate that work. I hope to catalyze all of this effort and keep things moving towards finding and enacting solutions."

Dr. Gaydos obtained his veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a PhD at the University of Georgia (UGA). As a wildlife disease diagnostician at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study program at UGA, Dr. Gaydos gained extensive knowledge in wildlife health as well as a great deal of experience with outreach to agencies and individuals.

"I am thrilled that Joe is joining the Center to help implement our goals," states Dr. Gilardi. "His teaching skills are tremendous, he is an excellent scientist and dedicated veterinarian, and his enthusiasm is inspiring."

In order to provide solutions to ecosystem health problems in the Puget Sound/ Northwest Straits/Georgia Basin region, the MEHP funds research and conservation efforts through an annual grants program. The next Request for Pre-Proposals will be issued April 2002. If you would like to be notified, contact wildlifehealth@ucdavis.edu or phone (530) 752-4167.

*This article originally appeared in WildlifeLines, a publication of the Wildlife Health Center, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.