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Advancing One Health

Human health and wellbeing are inextricably linked to the health of wildlife, livestock, and the environment. Improved food, water, and energy infrastructure are urgently needed to protect the natural systems that provide opportunities for recreation, hunting, and fishing and to minimize human exposure to parasites, pathogens, and pollution. Likewise, the development of urban environments must harness the powerful positive effect that trees and green spaces have on human health and happiness. With Cornell’s deep and broad knowledge base and vital connections to corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies, Cornell Atkinson is pioneering transformative research to advance One Health, creating a future in which people and nature thrive.

Elephants - photo credit: M. Atkinson/AHEAD

Projects

Cornell Atkinson - Water Pollution

Social Cost of Water Pollution

A complex mix of policies and practices are required to ensure access to clean water everywhere—for everyone. The Social Cost of Water Pollution Working Group is focused on effective tools for decision-making by the government, NGOs, and private industry on water quality, analogous to the social cost of carbon estimates that are visible metrics of the costs of global warming.

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water quality
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Water Shutoff Protections Prevented Covid Infections and Deaths

New research supported by Cornell Atkinson shows significantly lower Covid infection and death rates in states that imposed water shutoff moratoria.

Water Shutoff Protections Prevented Covid Infections and Deaths
Combating Misinformation about COVID-19 in Low-Resource Environments
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Cornell Atkinson Faculty Director News

David Drinkwater '94 Endows Faculty Director Position in One Health

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Faculty Fellow Highlight

Bold Innovations in One Health - Angela Fuller (CVM)

From helping humans live alongside leopards in Himalayan foothills, to using dogs to detect invasive lanternflies across New York State, Angela Fuller is unlocking a sustainable future - for all species.

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Angela Fuller
Postdoctoral Fellows

Cornell Atkinson postdoctoral fellows help lead the future of sustainability through innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Katie Epstein

Katie Epstein

Theme: Advancing One Health

Education: PhD ’20, Montana State University Cornell Adviser: Bruce Lauber (CALS/Natural Resources & the Environment) External Partner: Wildlife Conservation Society

Jesse Rodenbiker

Jesse Rodenbiker

Theme: Advancing One Health

Education: PhD ’19, University of California, Berkeley Cornell Advisers: Cliff Kraft (CALS/Natural Resources & the Environment), John Zinda (CALS/Global Development), and Raymond Craib (A&S/History) External Partner: WWF Hong Kong

Academic Venture Fund 2021

A New Data-driven Approach to Rethink Sustainable, High-density Urban Environments in the Light of Pandemic Resilience

Investigators: Timur Dogan, Nathaniel Hupert, Katharina Kral, Yihong Li

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Academic Venture Fund Award 2020

Training Dogs to Sniff Out New Pests

Investigators: Carrie Brown-Lima, Angela Fuller, Greg Loeb, Ann Hajek

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Academic Venture Fund 2020

Antibacterial Resistance in Ithaca's Drinking Water

Investigators: April Gu, Craig Altier, Renata Ivanek, Mingming Wu

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Academic Venture Fund 2020

Bending Agricultural Burning Trajectories in Eastern India

Investigators: Andrew McDonald, Peter Hess, Natalie Mahowald, Prabhu Pingali

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Academic Venture Fund 2020

Protecting Biodiversity and Air Quality on the Prairie

Investigators: Ivan Rudik, Catherine Kling, Amanda Rodewald, Alison Johnston

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