Project Profile: WILDHEALTH

How does environmental biodiversity affect wildlife health?


Principal Investigators: Phillip Watts, University of Oulu, Finland
Partners: Otso Huitu, LUKE: Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
Frauke Ecke, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, Sweden
Donald Spalinger, University of Alaska Anchorage, United States
Tapio Mappes, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Sponsors: Academy of Finland, Finland
Formas, Sweden
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: How does environmental biodiversity affect wildlife health?
Full Call Title: Biodiversity2017


Project Objective: This project aims to test the hypothesis that forest management affects wildlife health via an impact on environmental biodiversity and the associated microbial community (microbiome).
Call Objective: The Call addresses two major (non-exclusive) priorities:

- Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions;

- Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios.


Regions: Europe, North America
Countries: Finland, Sweden, United States of America (USA)


Duration: 36 months
Call Date: October 2, 2017
Project Award Date: July 13, 2018