Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University


Brosi, Berry
Gillespie, Tom
Gunderson, Lance
Hall, Anne
Hickcox, Woody
Kitron, Uriel
Martin, Tony
Rich, Michael
Ruttan, Lore
Size, William
Wegner, John
Yandle, Tracy

Adjunct Faculty

Brown, Carl
Burkot, Tom (CDC)
Levy, Karen
Page, Michael
Remais, Justin
Spears, Ellen
Wilson, Larry


Byrd, Jerald (Jerry)
Majors, Kristan
Pierce, Stefanie


Chaves, Luis
Prokopec, Gonzalo Vazquez
Rwego, Innocent

Graduate students

Couret, Nelle
Salzer, Johanna
Levine, Rebecca





Thomas Gillespie

Assistant Professor

Global Health Institute Faculty

E526 Math and Science Center
404.727.7926 phone
404.727-4448 fax

B.Sc., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.Sc., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Florida

Research in the Gillespie Lab focuses on interactions among anthropogenic environmental change; biodiversity; and the ecology and emergence of pathogens of people, wildlife, and domestic animals. We take an integrative interdisciplinary approach in our active research projects in Africa and Latin America and collaborate extensively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

In Press  Gillespie, T.R., C.L Nunn, and F.H. Leendertz.  Integrative approaches to the study of primate infectious disease: implications for biodiversity conservation and global health. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. pdf coming soon!

In Press Kowaleswski, M., and Gillespie, T.R. (In Press)  Ecological & anthropogenic influences on patterns of parasitism in free-ranging primates: a meta-analysis of the genus Alouatta. P. Garber, A. Estrada, J.C. Bicca-Marques, E. Heymann, amd K. Strier (eds.). South American Primates: Testing New Theories in the Study of Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Springer Press. pdf coming soon!

2008 Rwego, I.B., T.R. Gillespie, G. Isabirye-Basuta, and T.L. Goldberg.  High rates of Escherichia coli transmission between livestock and humans in rural Uganda. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 46:3187-3191. view pdf

2008 Gillespie, T.R. and C.A. Chapman. (2008) Forest fragmentation, the decline of an endangered primate, and changes in host-parasite interactions relative to an unfragmented forest. American Journal of Primatology. 70:222-230. view pdf

2008 Goldberg TL, Gillespie, T. R., Rwego, I. B., Estoff, E. L., and Chapman, C. A. (in press) Anthropogenic disturbance promotes bacterial transmission among primates, humans, and livestock across a fragmented forest landscape. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 14(9):1375-1382. view pdf

2008 Rwego IB, Isabirye-Basuta, G., Gillespie, T. R., Goldberg, T. L. (in press) Gastrointestinal bacterial transmission among humans, mountain gorillas, and domestic livestock in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Conservation Biology. view pdf

2007 Salzer, J.S., Rwego. I.B., Goldberg, T.L., Kuhlenschmidt, M.S., and Gillespie, T.R. (2007) Giardia sp. and Cryptosporidium sp. infections in primates in fragmented and undisturbed forest in western Uganda. Journal of Parasitology. 93(2): 439-440. view pdf

2006 Gillespie, T.R. and C.A. Chapman.(2006) Forest fragment attributes predict parasite infection dynamics in primate metapopulations. Conservation Biology. 20:441–448. view pdf

2006 Gillespie, T.R. (2006) Non-invasive assessment of gastro-intestinal parasite infections in free-ranging primates. International Journal of Primatology 27:1129-1143. view pdf

2005 Gillespie, T.R., C.A. Chapman, and E.C. Greiner. (2005) Effects of logging on gastrointestinal parasite infections and infection risk in African primate populations. Journal of Applied Ecology 42:699-707. view pdf

2005 Gillespie, T.R., E.C. Greiner, and C.A. Chapman. (2005) Gastrointestinal parasites of the colobus monkeys of Uganda. Journal of Parasitology 91:569-573. view pdf

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