News Feature

June 02, 2014
By Stanley Maloy(

Global Climate Change and Infectious Disease in the San Diego-Baja California Region.

25 people standing in front of a weather station with mountain behind
Students and faculty at SDSU's Santa Margarita Field Station


This international course focused on the effects of climate change on the environment, and resulting impacts on plant, animal, and human disease in the binational Southern California-Baja California border region. The course emphasized issues including the science of climate change; impact of climate change on the availability of fresh water; effect of climate change on human, animal, and plant diseases; comparison of how perception and policies related to climate change influence the response to these issues on each side of the border.

The course included lectures by faculty from San Diego State University (Sweedler, Lipson, Oechel, Ganster, Maloy) and faculty from CICESE (Kretszchmar, Bullok, Calderon, Hernandez, Riquelme), directed readings from recent publications, group discussions, and collaborative projects involving pairing of students from CICESE and SDSU. The first half of the course was taught at CICESE in Ensenada, Baja California, and the second half of the course was taught at the SDSU Santa Margarita Field Stations. The course included field trips focused on the impact of climate change on the environment, including hydrology sites and vineyards in the Guadelupe Valley in Baja California, rainfall experimental stations and solar arrays in Southern California, and evaluation of changes in migrating bird populations.

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