USGS Ecosystems Podcast Series - Outstanding in the Field

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The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area brings you Outstanding in the Field, an original podcast series that tells stories about our science, our adventures, and our efforts to better understand fish and wildlife and the ecosystems that support them.  

Ecosystems Podcast Series Episode 3 artwork

Ecosystems Podcast Series Episode 3 artwork by Jeffrey Kemp. Image of whitetail deer at dusk courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  

(Public domain.)

Episode 3 - Chronic Wasting Disease


Episode title: Chronic Wasting Disease - Oh, Deer

Summary:  In this episode we’ll be talking about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal and contagious wildlife disease that affects animals in the deer family and is of great concern in North America. USGS science is helping wildlife managers across the U.S. address this ominous disease. 


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Interviewee: Camille Hopkins, Wildlife Disease Coordinator, USGS Ecosystems Mission Area & Bryan Richards, Emerging Disease Coordinator, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Writer: Marisa Lubeck, USGS Public Affairs Specialist

Narrator: Marisa Lubeck, USGS Public Affairs Specialist

Producer: Marisa Lubeck, USGS Public Affairs Specialist

Music: The Green Hillside by Martin Fitzpatrick (used with permission).

Original artwork: Jeffrey Kemp and image courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife service


More on Chronic Wasting Disease research can be found at these USGS Centers:

Map of North America showing locations where chronic wasting disease has been detected.

Distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease in North America, updated June 17, 2019.

(Credit: Bryan Richards, USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Public domain.)