Dr. Hassell’s research combines ecology and epidemiology to study the connections between environmental change, wildlife and human health. As Skorton Scholar to the Global Health Program, he leads and advances the program's work in Kenya, which looks to combine capacity building with cutting-edge research to mitigate risk at the interface between wildlife, livestock and human health. Through his work with GHP, Dr. Hassell aims to promote the conservation of species and their ecosystems, while protecting human and wildlife health.
His current projects include:
- Investigation of emerging diseases in rhino and giraffe
- Studying the epidemiology of anthrax in East African vultures
- Xenosurveillance for emerging pathogens at the wildlife-livestock-human interface
- Developing One Health capacity building programs in Kenya
Hassell, J. M., Begon, M., Ward, M. J., & Fèvre, E. M. 2017. Urbanization and disease emergence: dynamics at the wildlife–livestock–human interface. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(1), 55-67.
Hassell, J. M., Zimmerman, D., Cranfield, M. R., Gilardi, K., Mudakikwa, A., Ramer, J. & Lowenstine, L. J. 2017. Morbidity and mortality in infant mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei): A 46‐year retrospective review. American journal of primatology, 79(10), e22686.