Articles for category "Publication"

01 Apr 2022 · Publication · Zoonotic Diseases

An Article by Working Group on Zoonotic Diseases Published

An article by the Working Group on Zoonotic Diseases is published in Zoonoses Volume 2 recently. The article is titled as "The Animal Origin of Major Human Infectious Diseases: What Can Past Epidemics Teach Us About Preventing the Next Pandemic?".


Emerging infectious diseases are one of the greatest public health challenges. Approximately three-quarters of these diseases are of animal origin. These diseases include classical zoonoses maintained in humans only via transmission from other vertebrates (e.g., rabies) and those initiated by a successful one-off zoonotic event (host-switch) in conjunction with efficient human-to-human transmission (e.g., H1N1 influenza). Here, we provide a systematic review, in conjunction with a meta-analysis and spatial risk modeling, to identify the major characteristics of past epidemics of animal origin and predict areas with high future disease emergence risk. Countermeasures against future pandemics of animal origin must focus on several key mechanisms. First, the eco-epidemiological contexts favoring spillover events must be clearly establish. Second, pathogen surveillance must be scaled up, particularly in taxa and/or eco-geographic areas with high disease emergence risk. Third, successful spillover risk must be mitigated through proactive strategies to interrupt animal-to-human transmission chains. Fourth, to decrease epidemic potential and prevent epidemics from becoming pandemics, improved source identification and real-time spatial tracking of diseases are crucial. Finally, because pandemics do not respect international borders, enhancing international collaboration is critical to improving preparedness and response.

Key words: disease ecology, emerging infectious disease, pathogen, parasite, zoonoses

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DOI: 10.15212/ZOONOSES-2021-0028

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04 Jun 2021 · Gender Equality · Publication

Gender Balance in Science Study by IUBS Published

A study by IUBS Working Group on Gender Equality is published recently. The study mentions that, access to scientific careers for women has never been easy, but as biases and barriers slowly begin todiminish, women are becoming more and more involved in science, especially Biological Sciences. Some of the reasons why women do not have the same opportunities to achieve career pathways equal to those of men are discussed in the study. The study also highlights an ongoing need to design and apply new policies to effect a gender balance throughout the career path.

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28 Aug 2020 · Publication

Ricketts Point Urban Sanctuary Field Guide for Plants

Ricketts Point Urban Sactuary Field Guide for Plants is available to downlaod at the following link. (PDF 16 MB)

It is also available online here


31 Jul 2017 · Publication

Biology International - Special Issue #36

Disaster and Biodiversity (DAB) - beta 2017,

Edited by Harufumi Nishida, Jun Yokoyama, Steven J. Wagstaff, Paul Callomon

The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake caused a tsunami and nuclear accident that heavily damaged local communities and the natural environment. The loss of biodiversity and precious biological records in nationally significant museums was also a matter of serious concern. The DAB scientific programme of IUBS led by Prof. H. Nishida aimed at the establishment of international disciplines and protocols for monitoring and managing the influences of disaster on biodiversity and biological resources at the initial stage following a disaster, and organizing an effective collaborative system to cope with future events. This aim was well appreciated at the IUBS General Assembly in 2012, and the proposal was approved as a scientific programme from 2013 to 2015. This special issue summarizes the results of three years’ discussions with internationally distinguished scientists in workshops and a symposium that was held in Sendai, a city damaged by the 2011 earthquake (from the preface of Prof. H. Takeda).

Read “Biology International Special Issue No 36” (beta, because Pr Satoquo Seino's contribution isn’t included yet.)

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01 Feb 2017 · Publication

The Fossils of the Urban Sanctuary

Rickett's Point Victoria 3193

Eds: Fearghus McSweeney & John Buckeridge (2017)

Published by Greypath Productions
(pdf, 21 MB)

20 Dec 2016 · Publication

Birds of the Rickett's Point Marine Sancturay

Rickett's Point Victoria 3193

Eds: Kate Loxton & John Buckeridge (2016)

Published by Greypath Productions
(pdf, 67 MB)


The Urban Sanctuary

Algae and Marine Invertebrates of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Eds: Jessica Reeves & John Buckeridge (2012)
Published by Greypath Productions
(pdf, 3.5 MB)