Diseases of marine organisms are forecasted to change significantly with the dual climatic pressures of global warming and increased ocean acidification. These drivers have the potential to encourage the emergence of novel diseases and to dissipate diseases that presently help regulate populations. Despite increasing agreement that diseases can regulate marine ecosystems, diagnostic methods, forecasting tools and the capability to model marine diseases lag far behind most terrestrial ecosystems. This RCN is designed to form a more cohesive, collaborative research network while providing training opportunities for students and post- doctoral researchers with focused panels/sessions on disease diagnostics, ocean circulation studies, remote sensing, climatic forecasting and epidemiological modeling. This is a highly interdisciplinary project that seeks solutions to sustaining ocean health under the pressure of climate change and other anthropogenic threats. This RCN will also integrate social and economic dimensions of these issues by evaluating perceptions of human risk from marine disease and climate change and enumerating the economic impact on fisheries and sentinel species.
Support for the EIMD RCN comes from the NSF grant Evaluating the Impacts of a Changing Ocean on Management and Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease, award #1215977. See the Members page to see the institutions of the RCN’s PIs.