CORE Group hosted the second webinar in the One Health Webinar Series examining the drivers of human-wildlife interactions in Nigeria. The webinar included a presentation by Dr. Sagan Friant, Assistant Professor at Penn State University on her past and current research programs, followed by active discussion among participants regarding community-engagement methodologies and tools to strengthen opportunities for sustained public health impact. Dr. Friant’s research examines the ecological drivers and cultural significance of human-animal interactions to understand the root drivers of emerging infectious diseases. Her current projects focus on salient transmission pathways (e.g. bushmeat hunting) and emerging infectious (e.g. monkeypox and Lassa Fever) in her study region. She endeavors to engage communities in her research to design evidence-based community-driven programs focused on food and global health security and the conservation of wildlife.
Sagan Friant is an Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology of Human Health in the Department of Anthropology and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Penn State University. Sagan completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on the biocultural dimensions of the human-wildlife interface in Nigeria, where she has worked for over 10 years. She conducted her postdoctoral research at Hunter College of the City University of New York as National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology.
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