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Peter Daszak

Peter Daszak

President and Executive Vice President of Health, EcoHealth Alliance

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  • President and Executive Vice President of Health, EcoHealth Alliance


Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, is a leader in the field of conservation medicine and a respected disease ecologist. EcoHealth Alliance is a global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science linking ecology and the health of humans and wildlife. EcoHealth Alliance's mission is to provide scientists and educators with support for grassroots conservation efforts in 20 high-biodiversity countries in North America, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.Nine years ago Dr. Daszak became the Executive Director of EcoHealth Alliance's Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM) - a collaborative think-tank of institutions including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Conservation Medicine, and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. The CCM is the first formal inter-institutional partnership to link conservation and disease ecology. Dr. Daszak's research has been instrumental in revealing and predicting the impacts of emerging diseases on wildlife, livestock, and human populations.

As Executive Vice President of Health at EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Daszak directed a program of collaborative research, education, and conservation policy. The program examined the role of wildlife trade in disease introduction; the emergence of novel zoonotic viruses lethal to humans such as Nipah, Hendra, SARS, and Avian Influenza; the role of diseases in the global decline of amphibian populations; and the ecology and impact of West Nile virus in the U.S. Dr. Daszak holds adjunct positions at three U.S. and two U.K. universities and serves on the National Research Council's committee on the future of veterinary research in the U.S.

Dr. Daszak has also consulted for other non-profit organizations and governmental agencies such as the OIE ad hoc working group on amphibian diseases, the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of the Interior, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, National Institutes of Health, Australian Biosecurity CRC, DIVERSITAS, Society for Conservation Biology, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. Daszak has been called upon time and again to advise governmental, commercial, and non-commercial organizations including, NASA and leading pharmaceutical companies, on issues ranging from the environment to national security.

With an impressive track record of more than 100 peer-reviewed published papers, Dr. Daszak has also authored book chapters, and his research has been featured in such publications as Nature, Science, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. He is a member of the editorial board of Conservation Biology and is co-editor of the Springer journal EcoHealth, as well as a founding director and treasurer of the International Association for Ecology and Health. He is a recipient of the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative research, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage, including articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Washington Post, US News & World Report and broadcast appearances on 60 Minutes II, CNN, ABC, NPR's Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Journal Articles


Wu, T., C. Perrings, C. Shang, J. P. Collins, P. Daszak, A. Kinzig and B. A. Minteer. 2020. Protection of wetlands as a strategy for reducing the spread of avian influenza from migratory waterfowl. Ambio 49:939-949. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01238-2. (link )


Wu, T., C. Perrings, A. Kinzig, J. P. Collins, B. A. Minteer and P. Daszak. 2017. Economic growth, urbanization, globalization, and the risks of emerging infectious diseases in China: A review. Ambio 46(1):18-29. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0809-2. (link )


Perrings, C., C. Castillo-Chavez, G. Chowell, P. Daszak, E. P. Fenichel, D. Finnoff, R. D. Horan, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. P. Kinzig, N. V. Kuminoff, S. Levin, B. Morin, K. F. Smith and M. Springborn. 2014. Merging economics and epidemiology to improve the prediction and management of infectious disease. EcoHealth 11(4):464-475. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0963-6. (link )


Mendelson III, J. R., K. R. Lips, J. E. Diffendorfer, R. W. Gagliardo, G. B. Rabb, J. P. Collins, P. Daszak, R. Ibanez D, K. C. Zippel, S. N. Stuart, C. Gascon, H. R. Da Silva, P. A. Burrowes, R. C. Lacy, F. Bolanos, L. A. Coloma, K. M. Wright and D. B. Wake. 2006. Letters: Response to Pounds, J.A., et al.: Responding to amphibian loss. Science 314(5805):1541-1542. DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5805.1541. (link )

Mendelson III, J. R., K. R. Lips, R. W. Gagliardo, G. B. Rabb, J. P. Collins, J. E. Diffendorfer, P. Daszak, R. Ibanez D, K. C. Zippel, D. P. Lawson, K. M. Wright, S. N. Stuart, C. Gascon, H. R. Da Silva, P. A. Burrowes, R. L. Joglar, E. la Marca, S. Lotters, L. H. du Preez, C. Weldon, A. Hyatt, J. V. Rodriguez-Mahecha, S. Hunt, H. Robertson, B. Lock, C. J. Raxworthy, D. R. Frost, R. C. Lacy, R. A. Alford, J. A. Campbell, G. Parra-Olea, F. Bolanos, J. J. Calco Domingo, T. Halliday, J. B. Murphy, M. H. Wake, L. A. Coloma, S. L. Kuzmin, M. Stanley Price, K. M. Howell, M. W. Lau, R. Pethiyagoda, M. Boone, M. J. Lanoo, A. R. Blaustein, A. Dobson, R. A. Griffiths, M. L. Crump, D. B. Wake and E. D. Brodie Jr. 2006. Policy Forum - Biodiversity: Confronting amphibian declines and extinctions. Science 313(5783):48. DOI: 10.1126/science.1128396. (link )

Book Chapters


Daszak, P., K. R. Lips, R. A. Alford, C. Carey, J. P. Collins, P. Cunningham, R. Harris and S. R. Ron. 2007. Infectious diseases. Pp. 21-25 In: Gascon, C., J. P. Collins, R. D. Moore, D. R. Church, J. E. McCay and J. R. Mendelson III eds., Amphibian Conservation Action Plan: Proceedings of the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Conservation Summit 2005. IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. (link )