- VM690 - Wildlife Disease and Health Ecology
- VM646 - Career Options and Field Experiences in Veterinary Medicine
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Name: Joy Punsulan
Phone: +1 (403) 210-6085
Research and teaching
- Disease and Health ecology
- Environmental sustainability of livestock production
- Pathogen spillover at the wildlife-livestock interface
- Wildlife-livestock contact structure
- Anthropogenic factors of pathogen emergence
- Global wildlife disease surveillance
Research / Scholarly Activities
My research is diverse and generally addresses different interfaces in complex wildlife-livestock-human systems, and is fundamentally multi-disciplinary and collaborative, along the One Health principles. Major themes include pathogen transmission at the wildlife livestock interface, anthropogenic factors of pathogen emergence, global wildlife disease surveillance, and livestock production environmental sustainability. I study pathogen transmission between wildlife and livestock via diverse approaches, including by measuring and characterizing multi-host contact structure, in systems such as the foothills of Alberta or the desert steppe of Mongolia. I will be expanding risk assessment and contact structure characterization across Western Canada in upcoming research. More broadly, at the wildlife-livestock interface, I am interested in identifying management strategies that co-optimize cattle, wildlife, and ecosystem health, specifically by identifying the effect of management on individual resilience. My previous work and on-going collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) include the study of anthropogenic drivers of pathogen emergence, with a focus on the effect of land-use change (deforestation) on rodent pathogen emergence in Cambodia, and on the effect of wild meat trade in Southeast Asia. I am also working with WCS on improving wildlife disease surveillance network globally, with on-going surveillance projects in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam).
I am recruiting on several Alberta-based projects, so prospective graduate students are encouraged to get in touch.
Additionally, prospective post-doctoral fellows interested in any of the above research area are encouraged to contact me but will be expected to identify potential postdoctoral fellowship opportunity.
I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medecine (DVM) in France. During my veterinary education, I specialized in the field of veterinary epidemiology and epidemiological surveillance of tropical diseases. I pursued a MSc in epidemiology and biostatistics in France, and conducted my MSc research at UC Davis, CA, USA. In 2014, I completed a PhD at the University of Calgary, AB, Canada, on assessing the risk of pathogen transmission between wildlife and livestock in western Canada. Following my PhD, I worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as a veterinary epidemiologist between 2014 and 2020 on a range of projects linking wildlife health and conservation and aiming to improve global wildlife disease surveillance. I was first based in Cambodia for 4 years, and then at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO, USA) for 2 years, where I was also an affiliate faculty member within the department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. I am now an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, department of Ecosystem and Public Health. I continue working as affiliated wildlife epidemiologist with WCS on various global projects.