Red Americana para
la Investigación de Cambios en la
Ecología y Salud
RAICES

Objectives


To evaluate effects of landscape changes resulting from various types of anthropogenic habitat perturbation on abundance, distribution, species diversity, and composition of rodent communities.

To develop low-tech, locally adaptable survey and interview tools to assess real and perceived societal impacts and vulnerabilities of local communities associated with habitat perturbation and health, with a focus on rodent-borne diseases.

To provide the training and physical infrastructure necessary to establish a multinational and multidisciplinary network for the study of the effects of habitat perturbation on rodent population dynamics, rodent-borne diseases, and other zoonoses that will help shape policy to prevent or minimize any potential negative impact on human health.

The project is sponsored by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). It will benefit from a number or ongoing projects being conducted by some of the investigators for the laboratory diagnosis of rodent-borne diseases with support from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Google Foundation, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center's Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System Division (GEIS), U.S. Bioengagement Program, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).