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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is Topic of Lecture

2/14/2008 —

Diann Prosser, Patuxent biologist, will present Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Research Efforts on Wild Birds in China on February 29 at 1 p.m. as part of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Lecture Series. The presentation will take place in the Atrium of the Fogelsville campus.  

Prosser is a biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries and her Master of Science in the Interdisciplinary Ecology at Penn State University. Prosser worked at the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center on a variety of wetland and ornithological studies from 1993 through 1998. For the past ten years, Prosser has worked at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in Laurel, Maryland on a variety of ornithological surveys, nationwide database creation and management, climate change projects, and GIS modeling.  She began her Ph.D. thru USGS PWRC and the University of Maryland, College Park's Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Program in fall of 2004 and has been working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Reserve System of China to study wild bird migration patterns in relation to spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza since 2005.  

Prosser’s research includes investigating the role of migratory water birds in the avian influenza threat, assessing potential effects of sea-level rise on coastal wetlands and bird habitats, and evaluating the ecological effects of marsh management techniques on federal refuges.

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