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Research & Grants Committee

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Research & Grants Committee


The Research and Grants Committee works to provide support to members in their creation of wildlife health knowledge through strategic research funding and small grants, especially for graduate students and early career researchers. The committee also develops wildlife health training resources for members to facilitate their career development and research effectiveness. This committee is a standing committee of the WDA as specified in the appendix to the Bylaws.


 - developing training and capacity building opportunities for our members and others;

 - providing funding to give our members strategic professional and research development opportunities (e.g. early career researcher-focused research grants, training and scholarship funding);

 - developing mentoring and networking programs to provide opportunities for our members to upskill and develop critical international professional relationships;

 - filling key gaps in wildlife health research and knowledge mobilisation through strategic support (e.g. through our small grants program);

 - fundraising to provide for these activities.



Scott Carver, Chair, scott.carver@utas.edu.au

Sasan Fereidouni, Co-Chair, sasan.fereidouni@vetmeduni.ac.at

Ezequiel Hidalgo, member, ezequielhidalgovet@yahoo.com

Julie Sheldon, member, juliedsheldon@gmail.com

Annie Page-Karjian, member, cpagekarjian@fau.edu




Purpose & Mission

The CANUSA Student Chapter of the Wildlife Disease Association was established to collaborate and enhance networking between university and non-university chapter-affiliated students within Canada and the United States (including U.S-owned territories, and other proximate regions by request). Its primary role is to support pre-conference student workshops planning and other student-associated events.

It plays a central part in networking between existing CANUSA region university chapters by providing a common communication point, and offers a unique opportunity for regional membership for individuals residing within the CANUSA regions who may not have access to local chapters through a university.

Contact the chapter on canusa.wda@gmail.com

Officers 2023-2025

Faculty Advisor: Marianthi Ioannidis - ioannidis.marianthi@gmail.com

President: Joy Flowers - jgf5234@psu.edu

President Elect: Cambrey Knapp - cambrey.knapp@gmail.com

Secretary: Lisa Lee - cambrey.knapp@gmail.com

Treasurer: Caide Woottend -  caide.wooten.dvm@gmail.com

Communications Chair: Brittany Barner  - brittany.barner@lmunet.edu

Workshop Planning Chair: Nikki Castleberry -  neotoma@uga.edu

Social Media Chair: Erica Suitor - erica.suitor@ucalgary.ca

Member At-Large: Madison Davis

Member At-Large: Matthew Kulpa -  kulpamat@gmail.com

Member At-Large: Charlotte Nury

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