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Lucy Spelman, DVM Dipl. ACZM

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Here is a link to Dr. Spelman's book: http://www.amazon.com/Rhino-Glue-Shoes-Surprising-Patients/dp/0385341466/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0 Her website is: http://www.drlucyspelman.com http://zoopeeps.wordpress.com/zoo-peeps-radio-broadcast/zoo-talkin-radio-scheduled-guests/ Dr. Spelman is currently teaching undergraduate students about one-health. This course examines how human activity impacts the animal world, how animals impact us, and how both are affected by the health of the environment. We may find it convenient to think of humans as living in one sphere while plants and animals occupy another, but it’s not that simple. Humans are a part of every ecosystem. All creatures share the same basic needs for air, water, shelter, food, space, and companionship—and we compete for these resources. In order to maintain the balance necessary for healthy ecosystems, it’s essential that we understand how one species impacts another. Using a series of examples, we will explore these connections, beginning with simpler animals and ecosystems, and moving on to more complex ones. Topics covered include coral bleaching, the extinction of frogs, the effects of DDT on eagles, the reasons whales strand, the future of polar bears—and more. We will also study the potential solutions to these problems.