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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

113 One Health Specialist

This specialist will work with California livestock producers and human communities to mitigate threats and conduct targeted outreach and research on wildlife diseases important to livestock and public health. A significant proportion of infectious diseases in people are of animal origin and the majority of recent emerging infectious diseases impacting human and animal health are of wildlife origin. The specialist will work with diverse stakeholders to document wildlife disease threats, explore and develop measures to mitigate those threats, and engage in a high level of information sharing with key clientele such as livestock producers (in particular ranchers with grazing allotments and small to mid-sized producers), wildlife managers, wardens, county public health officers, park superintendents, and CA Dept of Food and Agriculture officers. The specialist will contribute to several ANR Strategic Initiatives: 1) focusing on known and novel diseases of wildlife will contribute to objectives surrounding Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases; 2) helping large and small producers better protect livestock from wildlife pathogen spillover will create more Sustainable Food Systems; and 3) improving management of wildlife in balance with livestock and public health will promote Sustainable Natural Ecosystems, especially with regard to land use and biodiversity in the face of climate change. This position will be in the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center within the Department of Epidemiology and Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Location/Housing

Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide (throughout California).

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

16 Comments

1
Two wildlife/domestic interface include:
Wild / feral pig interactions with domestic livestock - risk of disease transmission to and from livestock.
Point Reyes National Seashore currently has tule elk sympatric with beef and dairy cattle. Johne's disease is present in elk and probably in cattle. National Park Service seeking solutions to growing population of elk, including potential translocation outside of park. Risks to domestic livestock as well as wild ungulates needs to be assessed.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 4:23 PM by Ben Gonzales
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Wildlife diseases pose a serious threat to both humans and livestock, yet there is much we do not understand about this risk and how to best mitigate potential infection. For example, flea-borne typhus continues to be a growing problem in southern California, with the link between feral cats, opossums, and humans just now becoming better understood. Avian influenza is an example of a disease that can, and has, had devastating impacts on the poultry industry. This proposed Specialist position would be able to help fill in some of the gaps in knowledge about these and many other diseases, while also providing the conduit to educate Californians on how to minimize potential risks from zoonotic diseases. As such, I fully support this proposed position
Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:43 AM by Roger Baldwin
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Over my 31 years of service to ANR I have worked with a number of groups interested in the relationships between wildlife species and pathology. Examples include; declines in deer herds; the cause of cyclic populations in wild hogs (both important economic species); waterfowl related diseases (botulism, cholera, etc.); other avian diseases e.g. WNV, bird flu, etc.; heartworm in wild canids as a catalyst for domestic dogs; various parasites and their relationship to wildlife e.g. bot flies, ticks, fleas, etc.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 9:42 AM by Greg Giusti
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Our beautiful state is blessed with abundant livestock, domestic animals and wildlife resources. However, drought, decreased natural habitat, land development and other pressures often force these resources into close contact, greatly increasing the risk of pathogen transmission and spread. Many of these same pathogens can also sicken or kill humans, and the risk of human infection is greatly enhanced following spread to domestic animals. Transmission of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens between wild and domestic animals can negatively impact both populations, leading to substantial economic losses, threats to food resource stability for California's citizens, increased risk of human illness and declines in rare or protected species. Although numerous state agencies and employees are actively engaged in this issue on a daily basis, much of this effort is of necessity reactive, small-scale, local and temporary: Despite proven threats from a number of diseases that can be spread between wildlife and domestic species throughout California (examples include mange, influenza, brucella, and rabies, among many others), our state's ability to synergize, coordinate and sustain effort at regional and statewide scales is often limited. The critical missing link is the "One Health", cross-disciplinary approach outlined in this proposal. Having a person with One Health training and expertise who could focus on these issues as they arise, catalyze research, and suggest balanced, practical mitigation efforts would be beneficial to managers of domestic animals and livestock, and agencies entrusted in the protection of agriculture, wildlife resources and human health. The proposed position would greatly compliment and not duplicate existing programs. As a 12 year CDFW employee, I'd love to see UC ANR embrace this unmet need. I can think of several statewide issues that would greatly benefit from the focus and assistance of an experienced and dedicated One Health Specialist.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 3:19 PM by Melissa Miller, DVM, PhD, MS
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As former Director of the State-wide Mosquito Research Program I am well aware of the complex relationships involved in the ecology of vector-borne diseases. Many of these diseases, including West Nile Fever, Lyme Disease and Plague, involve wildlife reservoirs. In addition, the emergence of new vector-borne diseases impacting human and animal populations remains a real public health concern for the people of California. With the demise of the Mosquito Research Program there is a real need for a position that serves as a liaison between the University and public health agencies throughout the State, especially with the over 60 statewide Mosquito Abatement Districts. It is most appropriate for this position to be based at UC Davis which has the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Medical School. I think there exists a real need for this position and I would consider it a high priority.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 9:46 AM by Gregory Lanzaro
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There are a number of significant biological and social trends that make this position particularly critical. Human populations and their need/desire for natural resources continue to rise. Anthropogenic effects on the environment, particularly water and marginal lands where wildlife still thrive, continue increase. Although waste steams in some areas are being controlled, other waste streams are not. Human-wildlife conflicts, particularly in urban and adjacent agricultural areas are likely to worsen in the next 3-4 decades. Diseases shared by wildlife and humans continue to emerge and challenge existing diagnostic and response systems. There and many specific examples in California and neither the existing State not Federal agencies have anywhere near the needed staffing. More and more the U.C. Davis Vet School is a 'go to' resource for dealing with these difficult problems. Forty years ago California had 1 wildlife veterinarian, today there are 5 working for the State, a significant number working for other agencies, private non-profits, and other universities in CA, and several working for UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. And everyone is busy, busy. This position is a wise investment in the future.
Posted Jul 2, 2016 1:30 PM by Dave Jessup
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As California’s rural-urban interface grows, wild animals come into greater contact with agricultural systems. Zoonotic diseases are contagious diseases that spread between animals and humans. It is estimated that approximately 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are diseases of animal origin; approximately 60% of all human pathogens are zoonotic. Humans can contract zoonotic diseases through direct contact with infected animals, and also by consumption of contaminated food or water, inhalation, arthropod vectors (such as flies, ticks, and mosquitos) and pests. Wild animals are susceptible to a variety of viral and bacterial diseases of public concern such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, avian and swine influenza, and to other catastrophic livestock diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), classic swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF). Your assistance providing better understanding on mitigating wildlife disease at the human-domestic animal-wildlife interface will facilitate and support CDFA and other State agencies such as CDFW, Tribal, and Federal agencies on the development and implementation of coordinated wildlife diseases surveillance and emergency response systems for the purpose of safeguarding human health and safety, wildlife populations and agriculture. CDFA-AHFSS supports the proposed new University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Cooperative Extension position in wildlife health (Wildlife Veterinarian). This position is critical for future disease surveillance of high-risk interface areas as it fills a critical information gap regarding the epidemiology of diseases of interest harbored in wild animal populations that interface with livestock animals in California.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 9:03 AM by W. Kent Fowler, CDFA Animal Health Branch
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While all of California can benefit from this position, this is an important position for eastern California. Plague, HPS and other diseases are serious concerns for our counties' Environmental Health departments. Inyo County has an IPM program in place to control ground squirrels in parks to mitigate plague risks, for example. The basis of Inyo and Mono counties' economy (and some other counties with a significant amount of public lands) is essentially providing access to wilderness and wildlife. While we tend to think of the impact on humans of contact with wildlife, we also may bring our own diseases--and our pets'--to them as we spend time in the wilderness. As drought and climate change affect wildlife habitat and behavior the opportunities for human-wildlife conflicts increase. There is a wide opportunity for research in this area, but there is also a need for outreach and education, both strengths of UCANR. The proposed position could place us in an excellent position to deal with emerging issues proactively.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 9:12 AM by Dustin Blakey
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Point Reyes National Seashore supports the creation a new wildlife veterinarian position under the UC Ag & Natural Resources Cooperative Extension to serve as a Specialist in One Health addressing disease issues at the human/domestic animal/wildlife interface. The park already collaborates with and consults with UC Extension on number of range management related projects. The proposed One Health Specialist would provide valuable local expertise in wildlife health issues and strengthen the value of UC Extension to the park.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 12:09 PM by David Press, Wildlife Ecologist, Point Reyes National Seashore
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With increasing pressure on wildlife, livestock systems, ecosystems due to the growth in the human population and development throughout the state, the multi-disciplinary one health approach will be critical for addressing disease risk and ecological problems. The One Health Institute at UC Davis is a work leader in this approach and a dedicated One Health Extension position is certainly warranted to tackle numerous health and ecosystem issues across the state.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 1:14 PM by David Bunn
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There is clearly a need for new leadership and focus on pests and diseases of wildlife and threat this poses to both livestock and human health. For too long the diseases of commercial livestock and human populations have been studied in isolation and with little consideration of the role of wildlife populations as a vector for many current diseases and as a source of new and emerging diseases. There will be many opportunities for this specialist to work with a range of clientele groups including livestock producers, resource managers, state and federal agencies and others who must mitigate the periodic and usually unexpected disease outbreaks that threaten livestock and human populations. This specialist will be well positioned to approach both current and future disease threats in a comprehensive way that will look beyond the feed lot to consider the broader landscape with the many wildlife populations that are increasingly the vector or source of the pests and diseases of our animals and ourselves.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 11:32 AM by Edwin Grosholz
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I endorse creating the position of One Health Specialist as described in “2016 Call for Positions” in the ANR Update.

California is among the world’s most ecologically diverse geographic areas, and its unique landscape is now home to 40 million people as well as hundreds of endemic, rare and endangered species amidst some of the world’s most productive farmland.
Dealing successfully with this matrix of competing needs is a daunting, and vital task. State and regional goals will need to be determined and addressed in many areas eg.: pan-species transmission of a long list of diseases to humans, livestock and wildlife is critical, as are other factors such as drought (& long term weather change) predation, urbanization and pollution.

My vision of the One Health Specialist position is that it will include the dissemination & stimulation of interdisciplinary science, truly innovative and effective strategies that address problems in a balanced manner, and regional focuses to refine & maximize
improvements that serve, people, wildlife, domestic stock and the environment.
I believe the needs of livestock and wildlife often come into conflict that could be avoided with education. I know from first-hand experience that predator-proof fencing can enable small ruminants to be successfully raised in mountain lion country.

I’ve raised South American camelids for 40 years and worked as journalist/author covering many livestock and wildlife issues in North and South America, Europe and Australasia for three decades. I also have worked in quarantines throughout the world and am familiar with the creation of protocols between countries aimed at preventing disease transmission to humans, wildlife & domestic species.

Cooperative strategies between professionals can be hindered by budget restraints, political shenanigans, and narrow job descriptions that do not allow comprehensive approaches. It is essential to address diverse variables such as regional zoning for appropriate land use, the support of anadromous fisheries, disease prevention, and the protection of wildlife, poultry and livestock in a way that addresses the needs of all.

Creating a position that allows the development of proactive rather than piecemeal responses to problems will provide a valuable resource for all parties interested in the health of California’s natural resources and animal inhabitants.


Posted Jul 8, 2016 6:16 PM by Eric Hoffman
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Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) strongly supports the proposed Specialist in One Health within the ANR Cooperative Extension system. Independent research organizations like ours need a single point person within the UC system to identify resources such as laboratory facilities, veterinary advice, and opportunities for scientific collaboration on topics related to the interface of human health, animal health and the environment.

The HSWRI Ocean Health Program studies the factors that influence the health of marine animals and systems near our headquarters in California and in coastal regions around the world. Wildlife diseases, once considered of minor importance to conservation efforts, have become the focus of increased attention following an increase in morbidity and mortality events associated with specific agents (e.g., pathogens or toxins) or a general decrease in population health. Wildlife populations also can influence human and domestic animal health by spreading or serving as a reservoir for diseases such as leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis and brucellosis. The need for an extension specialist is great now, and can be expected to increase as the urban-rural interface in California expands.

Another unmet need is service to the developing aquaculture industry in California. Seafood is the world’s most important single source of high-quality protein, currently providing 16% of all animal protein in the human diet; globally, it is the world’s fastest growing food producing sector (FAO 2014). NOAA Fisheries’ recently-released Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan (FY2016-2020) establishes a target of expanding sustainable U.S. marine aquaculture by at least 50% by the year 2020. California’s aquaculture industry is among the most diverse in the nation, varying from small family-run operations to large, sophisticated, research-and-production facilities, and production can be expected to increase as the demand for farmed seafood grows.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 12:15 PM by Pam Yochem
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It is well known that human disease can emerge at the human-wildlife-domestic animal interface. Plague (sylvatic rodents to domestic cats to humans or directly to humans from fleas from rodents) is one such example. this position would be strategically positioned to investigate the potential for emerging disease issues such as CA introduction of Ambylomma ticks (on cattle traveling east to west) which may introduce pathogens such as Ehrlichia chaffeensis. This position could also spearhead a public education component in terms of developing disease FAQs from the animal perspective (e.g. Lyme disease in dogs/Fly prevention in horse stables etc...)- a resource that public health cannot provide but for which we are asked about all the time. The individual in this position could also do the in-depth modeling that could help us understand how an when diseases may emerge, impact of climate change on zoonotic disease emergence and so one. That this position would interact closely with state agencies would be a great opportunity to develop students who may be the future state agency experts/
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:25 AM by Anne Kjemtrup, DVM, MPVM, PhD, California Department of Public Health
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Emerging diseases and their interconnection between wildlife, human health, livestock, and domestic pets have become major issues of concern in recent years. The increase and impact of these diseases worldwide is well documented and deserves our recognition that they are major stressors to ecosystems and human health. The certain human population increases together with changes in land use and climate change (i.e. drought), all point to the continuation of emerging disease concerns and their often complex epidemiology shared between humans and wildlife. The proposed position represents an excellent proactive vision to monitor and assess these impacts between, stakeholders, academia, and management agencies. I fully support this proposal.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:39 AM by Steve Torres - CDFW Wildlife Investigations Lab
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Having spent >28 yrs studying wildlife health and disease in the UC System, I can say that this position will make significant contributions to all stakeholders engaged in health and disease at the interface between wildlife and agriculture. The home base for the position is ideal and will provide substantial support and backup to the benefit of the people of California.
Posted Jul 12, 2016 2:47 PM by Walter Boyce

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