Diversity and Disease in a Post-Trauma Urban Landscape
Launched in 2013, this five-year interdisciplinary research project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Dynamics of Coupled Natural Human Systems Program (CNH). The project focuses on ecological and socioeconomic process following the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans associated with Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Our multidisciplinary team is made up of researchers from Tulane University; New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board; The U.S. Forest Service; and Yale University. We are also working with community partners and doing public outreach to promote awareness of trauma, diversity, and public health in the city.
Information gained from the studies will be integrated into a model of rodent population dynamics to inform environmental and public health policy.
With urbanization placing an increasingly greater proportion of the global population at risk because of catastrophic events, lessons about the traumas experienced by New Orleans will provide new knowledge of scholarly and practical value to residents and decision makers in communities around the world.
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