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Blue Dot 196: Wildlife Veterinary Heroes: Drs. Jamie Peyton And Marcela Uhart


Dave talks to two heroic veterinarians associated with UC Davis. First, Dr. Jamie Peyton shares her pioneering work on treating wildlife suffering from burns and other injuries associated with catastrophic wildfires.

Peyton uses amazing techniques involving the use of fish skins to act as bandages for severely burned animals like bears and mountain lions.There is also a way that you can support the efforts of the Wildlife Disaster Network that Peyton and her colleagues are affiliated with and the link is below.

Dr. Jamie Payton

The show then shifts focus to the plight of wildlife ensnared in worldwide trafficking schemes with Dr. Marcela Uhart, who is based at the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center's Latin America Program in Argentina.

Marcela tells Dave about the problems with people taking wildlife from their native realms for use as exotic pets, illegal medicine trade, and even exotic foods.

One of the auxiliary problems with removing species from their native habitat is the potential for spreading infectious diseases that can lead to pandemics.

UC Davis Wildlife Disaster Network Philanthropic Fund website:

Dave Schlom has taught the physical sciences at Corning Union High School since 1991. A lifelong amateur astronomer and astronomy educator, he has a passion for both the earth and the space sciences, which are the principal areas of focus for guests on Blue Dot. He started doing radio interviews on space and astronomy topics for local stations like KFM and KPAY in the 1980s and into the 90s, where he was a popular go-to guest for local radio personalities. He is also an expert on the history and geology of Lassen Volcanic National Park, where he has served as a volunteer for decades. Dave enjoys a quiet life at home with his partner in life, Cheryl, and their two dogs, Elvis and Pearl, at their Red Bluff residence.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.