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Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM)

A workshop about microbial/parasite impacts on Antarctic wildlife will take place in Sydney, Australia, 3-7 August. The workshop will be hosted by Macquarie University’s Genes to Geosciences Research Centre and supported by the Health Monitoring Working Group of the EG-BAMM. Microbiologists, parasitologists, ecologists, and veterinarians will examine how the introduction of bacteriae and parasits into the Antarctic environment may potentially impact native symbiotic interactions in Antarctic wildlife. Anticipated outcomes of the workshop are up-to-date reviews on diseases in marine mammals and seabirds of Antarctica and development of integrated research strategies to understand risks posed to the health of Antarctic wildlife from altered symbiotic interactions.