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Global Health and Biodiversity Conservation

Pathogen emergence is disproportionately associated with the tropics and is often linked to anthropogenic change. The overall goal of our work is to determine how and why anthropogenic changes to tropical forests place people and wildlife in such ecosystems at increased risk of pathogen exchange. The central hypothesis of this work is that key human behaviors, wildlife behaviors, ecological conditions, and landscape features increase the risks of interspecific disease transmission. This effort entails a combination of epidemiology, molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, social and clinical survey, and spatially explicit modeling. The ultimate products are implementable plans for protecting human and wildlife health, while simultaneously ensuring the sustainability of the ecosystems within which they live.


Details on Dr. Gillespie's NCEAS Working Group-Impacts of Land-Use Change on Vector & Water-Bourne Disease


Details on Dr. Gillespie's SESYNC Working Group on Land-Use Change & Infectious Disease

Dr. Gillespie is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group-learn more here!

Dr. Gillespie, a Keynote Speaker at the 2015 EEID Meeting

Dr. Gillespie is on the Board of Pivot- Saving Lives & Breaking Cycles of Poverty & Disease- learn more here!

Dr. Gillespie is on the Advisory Board of the Centre Valbio-Science to sustain Madagascar's resources and people-learn more here!