Academic Venture Fund - 2008

Forecasting Disease and Economic Consequences of Climate Change

Diseased Sea Fan

Researchers have formed a Disease and Climate Network at Cornell to address the critical challenges of climate change on species diversity, conservation, and health. The team will develop algorithms and computational tools to forecast climate-driven disease outbreaks in corals, amphibians, and mosquito-borne infections in humans, which will serve all researchers interested in human and wildlife infectious diseases. They ultimately aim to project climate-driven damage to biodiversity and human health and estimate the economic impacts of disease outbreaks driven by climate change, with a larger goal of promoting international policy change.

Investigators: Drew Harvell, Art DeGaetano, Stephen Ellner, Carla Gomes, Laura Harrington, Katherine McComas, Kelly Zamudio