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One Health, Coronaviruses, and Landscape

This webinar is part of an emerging professional webinar series, curated by the LAF Olmsted Scholars Network. The series covers topics of particular interest to emerging landscape architects such as professional journeys, alternate modes of practice, and design innovation.

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Recording from live webinar on 5/6/20


One Health, Coronaviruses, and Landscape

Environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, climate change, and rapid urban expansion are creating conditions for coronaviruses and other zoonotic diseases to cross over into human populations. These risks, rooted in landscape, are further exacerbated by socio-ecological factors such as social inequity, occupational exposures, and food insecurity.

Panelists from epidemiology, veterinarian pathology, biocultural anthropology, and landscape architecture discuss the complex relationships between the environment and human and animal health in the spread of disease. Learn about their work in One Health, scientific principles behind coronaviruses, and the role that landscape design and planning can play in disease prevention and global health.


Learning Objectives

  1. Learn scientific principles behind One Health and coronaviruses
  2. Understand the relationships between human and ecological health and disease exposure and their links to environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, social equity and climate change
  3. Investigate the role that landscape design and planning can play in disease prevention and local to global health


Continuing Education Credits

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This course is approved for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and meets the health, safety and welfare requirements (HSW). To earn 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW):

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Leann Andrews, RLA, PhD
Landscape architect and 2013 LAF National Olmsted Scholar
Director, Traction and Affiliate Assistant Professor
The Pennsylvania State University, University of Washington


Headshot of Hannah Atkins

Hannah Atkins, DVM, PhD
Veterinarian pathologist
Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine, College of Medicine
The Pennsylvania State University


Headshot of Sagan Friant

Sagan Friant, PhD
Biocultural anthropologist
Director, RISK Lab
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
The Pennsylvania State University


Headshot of Peter Rabinowitz

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH
Director, UW Center for One Health Research
Acting Director, UW Metacenter for Pandemic Preparedness


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Moderated by:
McKenzie Wilhelm
2013 LAF National Olmsted Scholar
Senior Designer
MKSK Studios

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