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How can we stop the spread of infectious diseases in our oceans, threatening life both in water and on land? In a Chats in the Stacks talk presented at Mann Library, Drew Harvell discusses her new book “Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease” (University of California Press) to explain how we can protect aquatic ecosystems from dangerous diseases.

A professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Harvell has devoted more than two decades to study the devastating impact of diseases on four marine species—corals, abalone, salmon, and starfish—and the destructive effects of human practices such as sewage dumping and unregulated aquaculture. Her research has also yielded insights about how we can boost nature’s own pathogen-fighting systems to help heal our fragile ocean environments.