Peter Daszak, PhD

Member, Center for Infection and Immunity
President, EcoHealth Alliance
Phone: 212-380-4473 
Fax: 212-380-4465 
Email: daszak@ecohealthalliance.org

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Bangor University, North Wales, B.Sc., Zoology with applied zoology, 1987.
University of East London, UK, Ph.D., parasitic infectious diseases, 1994.

BIO

Dr. Daszak directs EcoHealth Alliance, an international network of scientists and educators engaged in work to save endangered species and their habitats from extinction in 20 high-biodiversity countries. He previously served as Executive   Director   of   the   Consortium for Conservation Medicine. He is originally from Britain, where he earned a B.Sc. in zoology and a Ph.D. in parasitology. His research focuses on the taxonomy, pathology, and conservation impact of parasitic diseases, particularly those of non-mammalian vertebrates and invertebrates. In collaboration with groups in Britain, Australia, and the United States, he discovered a previously unknown fungal disease of amphibians, chytridiomycosis,  that  is  a major cause  of  frog population declines  globally and may be transmitted by bullfrogs. This discovery highlights the link between global trade and disease emergence, a process known as pathogen pollution.

Dr. Daszak has adjunct positions at three American and two British universities; has served on committees of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Health Organization, National Academy of Sciences, and Department of the Interior; and has advised a range of governmental, commercial, and non-commercial organizations. He has been published in Science and in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, he is currently co-authoring a popular science book on emerging wildlife diseases. Dr. Daszak has received a number of awards, including the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative work on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and US News & World Report. He has appeared on broadcasts such as CNN, ABC, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and NPR's Morning Edition.

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS

  • Emerging diseases, such as West Nile Virus, SARS, HIV, Ebola, Lyme disease etc.
  • Global impact of diseases
  • The impact of disease on wildlife species
  • Extinction of species
  • Trade and the transport of diseases (e.g., West Nile Virus, Foot and Mouth Disease)
  • Global warming, climate change and threats to human and wildlife health

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Li, W., Shi, Z., Yu, M., Ren, W., Smith, C., Epstein, J.H., Wang, H., Crameri, G., Hu, Z., Zhang, H., Zhang, J., McEachern, J., Field, H., Daszak, P., Eaton, B.T., Zhang, S., Wang, L. 2005. Bats Are Natural Reservoirs of SARS-Like Coronaviruses. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1118391.
  • Boyle, D.G., Hyatt, A.D., Daszak, P., Berger, L., Longcore, J.E., Porter, D., Hengstberger, S.G., Olsen, V. 2003. Cryo-archiving of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and other chytridiomycetes. Diseases of Aquatic Oranisms 56: 59-64. Full Text
  • Pascolini, R., Daszak, P., Cunningham, A.A., Tei, S., Vagnetti, D., Bucci, S., Fagotti, A., Di Rosa, I. 2003. Parasitism by Dermocystidium ranae in a population of Rana esculenta complex in Central Italy and description of Amphibiocystidium n. gen. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 56: 65-74. Full text
  • Cunningham, A. A ., Daszak, P., Rodríguez, J. P. 2003. Pathogen Pollution: Defining a Parasitological Threat To Biodiversity Conservation. The Journal of Parasitology 89: S78-S83. Full text
  • Daszak, P. Cunningham, A. A . 2003. Anthropogenic Change, Biodiversity Loss, And A New Agenda For Emerging Diseases. The Journal of Parasitology 89: S37-S41. Full text
  • Daszak, P., Cunningham, A., Hyatt, A. 2003. Infectious Disease and Amphibian Population Declines. Journal of Diversity and Distributions 9:141-150. Full Text
  • Daszak, P., Cunningham, A.A. & Hyatt, A.D. 2001. Anthropogenic environmental change and the emergence of infectious diseases in wildlife. Acta Tropica 78:103-116.  Full text
  • Daszak, P., Cunningham, A.A. & Hyatt, A.D. 2000. Emerging infectious diseases of wildlife: threats to biodiversity and human health. Science 287:443-449  Full text
  • Daszak, P., Berger, L., Cunningham, A.A., et al. 1999. Emerging infectious diseases and amphibian population declines. Emerging Infectious Diseases 5:735-748. 

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