The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Conservation Medicine, One Health or EcoHealth: Bridging Disciplines to Address Infectious Disease Emergence and the Impacts of Globalization

Alonso Aguirre (Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation)

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00 pm
Where: 100 Life Sciences Building, (Berg Auditorium)
Name: Megan Matthews
Phone: 814-865-2625

Dr. Alonso Aguirre is Executive Director of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. He is also Director of the Mason Center for Conservation Studies and Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Previously he was Senior Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance in New York also holding different appointments at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University and Tufts University. After obtaining his D.V.M., he received a M.S. in wildlife ecology and epidemiology and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology and protected areas management from Colorado State University. He acted as Wildlife Epidemiologist for NMFS Protected Species Investigations heading a pioneering the epidemiology program for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles. He is senior editor of the new book New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health. He also served as co-editor and now as review editor of the new Springer journal EcoHealth. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases and European Journal of Wildlife Research. Currently he is executive member of NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative.

In 1998, he won the Harry Jalanka Memorial Medal from Finland and he received from CEPANAF (State Commission of Natural Parks and Wildlife) the 2010 Award in Conservation for his contributions in conserving protected areas in Mexico.

Dr. Aguirre has briefed the Mexican and US Congress, Administration, and federal agency leaders. His work has been the focus of extensive media coverage including Bioscience, Conservation In Practice, E-Magazine, Science News, Environmental Health Perspectives, the New York Times, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Al Jazzera Stream, CBS, LTV and other international magazines, TV and radio shows.

Dr. Aguirre is hosted by Dr. Peter Hudson and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences