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Work: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Parasitic worms, bacteria and viruses are a constant feature of the daily lives of most ‘healthy’ populations of animal and plant species. My research is concerned with the ecology of infectious diseases and the conservation of endangered and threatened species.
I have been directly involved in a variety of synergistic activities, both in relation to this research and in relation to other work and teaching. (1) In partial recognition of this I was elected as one of the first cohort of Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows by the Ecological Society of America. (2) I’m an elected Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.
(3) All of my epidemiological and conservation work involves different aspects of outreach: I have helped train veterinary workers in Tanzania and written computer software for Kenya Wildlife Service. I’ve given talks about parasite ecology at a diversity of locations from local schools to the Vatican. (4) I worked with Bailey Silleck on an IMAX film adaptation of my book Conservation and Biodiversity, which premiered in 2001. (5) I’m also writing a more accessible ‘trade-book’ on how ecologists have developed an understanding of infectious diseases in natural systems and a guide book to the Ecology of the Serengeti to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Frankfurt Zoological Society.