Water for Food

Elizabeth VanWormer



Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska‒Lincoln

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Liz VanWormer focuses on health at the interface of humans, animals and the environment in the U.S. and internationally. She uses the One Health approach, bringing together diverse stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives to address complex health challenges facing people, animals and ecosystems.

She works with interdisciplinary teams and local stakeholders to study the effects of environmental change, including changes in rainfall and water availability, on animal, human and ecosystem health. In the U.S., she investigates how land-use and precipitation change impact parasite loading and runoff from coastal watersheds to the ocean. In Tanzania, she studies the transmission of zoonotic diseases from wildlife to people at sites with high levels of human-wildlife interaction. She also investigates human and livestock health in pastoralist communities in a water-scarce region of Tanzania, and works with local primary schools to collect climate data.

After receiving a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Davis, she spend three years living and working on One Health projects in Tanzania. She also holds a veterinary medicine degree and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Michigan State University.


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