Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES EVP: The Effects of Wildlife Loss and Land Use Change on Rodent-Borne Disease Risk in East Africa

The threatened African elephant

A World Without Big Plant-Eating Animals »

May 1, 2015

Stanford researcher and team of ecologists predict “enormous ecological, social and economic costs” from loss of large herbivores; offer solutions

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

African rat (Mastomys natalensis), a carrier of plague and other diseases

Agriculture Expansion's Connection to Plague Risks »

March 3, 2015

Maize cultivation sparks surge in plague-carrying rodents; experts fear acceleration of agriculture production across Africa may carry same risks beyond Tanzania

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Elephants and other large animals face an increased risk of extinction in what Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo terms "defaunation."

Biologist Warns of Mass Extinction's Early Stages »

July 24, 2014

Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Professor Rodolfo Dirzo (Biology) and his colleagues warn that "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Gray climbing mouse

Large Animals Help Prevent Disease in Humans »

May 1, 2014

By temporarily removing large mammals from an ecosystem, Stanford scientists discovered that populations of disease-carrying rodents grew unchecked, increasing the risk of transmitting deadly pathogens...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment