Research in focus: fishers and fish react to a changing environment

Cornell Chronicle –

The world’s fisheries sustain millions of people. The food they provide is crucial for human nutrition and livelihoods. Yet the ecosystems that produce aquatic foods face unprecedented challenges from pollution, overfishing and climate change. Determining how to manage these ecosystems requires that we think about environmental issues in tandem with the social, nutritional and livelihood needs of the people who depend on them, says Kathryn J. Fiorella, an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The environment isn’t separate from people and their societies; they’re all really intricately intertwined,” says Fiorella, who carries out research from a One Health paradigm, which focuses on the relationships between humans, animals and the environment, and the impact of those relationships on the health of populations. “The changes that are happening to our planet are going to impact our health in many ways, and figuring out how that’s going to happen and mitigating it is becoming more and more important.”

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