Marc Verhougstraete PhD

Breaking Down Scientific Silos: Using One Health to Address the World’s Wicked Problems -
11:00 am 10/14/2019
Graham, Tucson Convention Center

One Health is not a single field in health or environmental sciences, but rather an acknowledgement of the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and their environment. With this understanding, scientists from across a wide variety of expertise step away from their silos to work collaboratively. By linking their skill sets and data, they are able to address the biggest issues facing our world today. These ‘wicked problems’ include issues such as impacts of climate change on human, animal, and environmental health, development and transfer of antibiotic resistance, production of a safe and sustainable food supply, and ensuring continued biodiversity for a healthy planet.

Dr. Verhougstraete’s primary research has focused on environmental microbiology and water quality. To this aspect, Marc’s focus is primarily on understanding the sources, occurrence, and transport of waterborne pathogens using fecal indicator organisms and molecular source tracking. Marc’s research interests also include the integration of microbial water quality with hydrological catchment dynamics, landscape patterns, and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment to improve environmental management that protect human and ecosystem health. Recent efforts investigate the effects of intervention practices in the healthcare systems to reduce the transmission of pathogenic agents and associated healthcare infections. In all aspects of research, his primary objectives are to prevent human exposure to pathogenic organisms through increased scientific understanding of complex environments using a multifaceted toolbox approach.