epidemiology - disease ecology - public health - conservation

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David TS Hayman, Co-Director

We launched a new charity to help disadvantaged kids

MentorEd: My wife and I launched a new charity with a friend that aim to boost confidence and achievement in the most disadvantaged kids in NZ. Please check out the website to read more about it http://mentored.org.nz/

NZ Herald covers our work on forest fragmentation and Ebola virus emergence

The New Zealand Herald published an article on our study of forest fragmentation and Ebola virus emergence

Forest fragmentation and Ebola virus disease outbreaks

New analyses support there being a link between forest fragmentation in Africa and Ebola virus disease outbreaks. This work was led by Cristina Rulli and published in Scientific Reports.

As the bat flies: a Perspective in Science on bats as viral reservoirs.

A Perspective in Science highlighting the great work by Daniel Streicker at Glasgow as well as other recent advances in our knowledge regarding bats as viral reservoirs.

The Global Phylogeography of Lyssaviruses - Challenging the 'Out of Africa' Hypothesis

Our new research is the first to address the 'Out of Africa' hypothesis for the origin of lyssaviruses, the most famous of which is rabies virus. We found support for a Paleartic origin. See more in PLoS NTD.

Paper of the Month in Parasitology

Juan Carlos' paper, Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates: The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts, was Parasitology Editor's 'Paper of the Month'.

The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts

Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates. This analysis led by Juan Carlos Garcia Ramirez uses calibrated molecular clocks and cophylogeny to estimate the timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts, published in Parasitology.

Bats as viral reservoirs

New review of bats as hosts of viruses published in Annual Review of Virology.

Can survival analyses detect hunting pressure in a highly connected species? Lessons from straw-coloured fruit bats

New research with Ali Peel tested whether we could use survival analyses from heavily hunted, but pandemic, species to detect hunting pressure published in Conservation Biology.

Undiscovered bat hosts of filoviruses

New analyses led by Barbara Han to identify undiscovered filovirus hosts, including those of Ebola virus, published in PLoS NTD.

2 year postdoc on antimicrobial resistance

We have a two year postdoctoral fellowship available in our group to work on antimicrobial resistance: http://massey-careers.massey.ac.nz/9178/postdoctor...

EMBO Reports : further reading

Click here for the supplementary reading that I refer to in a recent opinion piece, Conservation as vaccination, published in EMBO reports (e201541675).

Marsden Fast Start Grant - Unpacking Infection Spillover Dynamics $300,000

I am delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The project will involve modelling the spillover effects of infectious diseases using a mathematical model of human, livestock and gorilla interactions from Uganda.

Project Collaborators

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH, Uganda), led by Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, will be the local collaborator. CTPH has over 10 years’ experience using Population, Health and Environment approaches to reduce threats to mountain gorillas

Jamie Lloyd-Smith (University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, USA) has extensive experience studying ‘spillover’ dynamics at the human-animal interface.

Hayley MacGregor (University of Sussex, UK) is a human clinician and medical anthropologist with extensive experience working with communities in Africa.


C Reed Hranac joined the group as an IVABS PhD scholar

Reed Hranac, MSc, joined the group here in New Zealand and will be working with myself and Jonathan Marshall with a number of collaborators on the temporal and spatial dynamics of infectious diseases in bats. His focus will be filoviruses and white-nose syndrome. Reed did his MSc at Northern Arizona University in the US with Dr Nathan Nieto on the ecology of rodent-borne hantaviruses.

One Health Fellowships by the U. S. National Academy of Sciences​

I was invited to join an Ad Hoc Committee on One Health Fellowships by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Awarded the Massey University Research Medal

I was awarded the Massey University Research Medal (Early Career, Science, 2015)

Seoul Defense Dialogue 2015, Korea

I spoke at the Seoul Defense Dialogue 2015, Korea, on Global Health Security. The meeting was opened by the President of Korea.

Work led by Angie Luis on the network structure of host-virus communities in bats and rodents came out in Ecology Letters (doi: 10.1111/ele.12491)

Work led by Angie Luis on the network structure of host-virus communities in bats and rodents came out in Ecology Letters (doi: 10.1111/ele.12491)

​I recently became Co-Director of the mEpiLab with Jackie Benschop

I recently became Co-Director of the mEpiLab with Jackie Benschop.

Our laboratory is an OIE Collaborating Centre on Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health

Janelle Wierenga, MSc, DVM, enrolled to undertake a PhD on cross-species transmission

Janelle Wierenga, MSc, DVM, enrolled to undertake a PhD on cross-species transmission