• Question: do you think your experiments wll help the enviroment

    Asked by scotty77 to Laura, Nicola, Norman, Sandra, Thanasis on 19 Mar 2013.
    • Photo: Laura Soul

      Laura Soul answered on 19 Mar 2013:

      I hope so! When I do write ups of all the experiments that I am doing at the moment and publish them so that other scientists can read about them, then scientists in different areas of work to me like ecologists and conservation scientists should be able to use my work to help keep a wide variety of species from going extinct. Scientists have shown before that having a wide variety of different species is important for the whole planet and the rest of the environment to keep functioning properly, so I think that my experiments will help by helping with that.

    • Photo: Nicola Wardrop

      Nicola Wardrop answered on 19 Mar 2013:

      In a way I think they will help the environment. There is a concept called “One Health” – One Health really means that the health of people, animals (including livestock, domestic animals and wildlife) and the environment are all dependent on one another. My work tries to look at all of these components – how does the environment effect health in animals and humans. Hopefully it will provide evidence to help reduce disease in people and animals, but it also accounts for the environment, so it might help prevent environmental change if we know that that would be harmful to health (as well as bad in other ways)