It takes funding, planning, and equipment to make a research project successful, but most of all it requires people. People with scientific knowledge and expertise, and with diverse scientific and personal experiences.
John Pattison-Williams is a researcher with the Genome Alberta funded Chronic Wasting Disease project based at the University of Alberta. Apart from his role in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences he doesn't mind being seen as 'country boy. His personal interests and his background means he understands hunters and ranchers who are an important resource in field studies of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, moose, elk, and reindeer. He also has first-hand knowledge of what wildlife management strategies mean to people in rural areas.
Bringing his training as an economist and social scientist to bear on a subject that is also part of his way of life offers a unique perspective to the research team.
Freelance broadcaster Don Hill talked with Dr. Pattison-Williams in this update
from our CWD project.