Webinar on PRIMED Network
Marine diseases are on the rise and there is an urgent need to prepare for, respond to, and manage outbreaks. CoastWatch is offering two online opportunities in October to learn more about diseases that affect wild marine animals. The newly formed PRIMED Network (Primary Responders in Marine Emergent Disease) is a group of scientists, managers, and citizens interested in marine wildlife diseases. Founded by Sarah Gravem, a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University who works in the laboratory of prominent marine ecologists Bruce Menge and Jane Lubchenco, the goal of PRIMED is to have an extensive monitoring network on the West Coast that will allow rapid detection and response to outbreaks of marine disease, such as Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. The team hopes to utilize citizen science networks to help track instances of disease via iNaturalist.
The first webinar takes place on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. It will include a panel of PRIMED Network members including Sarah Gravem; Laurel Field, a Faculty Research Assistant in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University; and Lily Miksell, an OSU undergraduate student and coordinator of the Network. Jesse Jones, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, will moderate the conversation.
A follow-up training on Oct. 22 will show how volunteers can add their observations to the PRIMED project on iNaturalist. For more information about PRIMED, go here.
Contact Jesse Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to the webinar or more information.