epidemiology - disease ecology - public health - conservation

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David TS Hayman, Co-Director

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.

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'.

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

​ Became an Associate at the Department of Biology, Colorado State University, USA​

Became an Associate at the Department of Biology, Colorado State University, USA

NPR Interview on bats and Ebola in West Africa

I was interviewed by NPR's Morning Edition on bats and Ebola in West Africa.



Science Media Centre briefing, Auckland

I recently spoke at a briefing held by the Science Media Centre in Auckland.

NGO event hosted by AAAS

I recently spoke at an NGO event hosted by AAAS, Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation and other NGOs on the "Prevent Panel" regarding how conservation may help reduce spillover of infectious disease such as ebola virus from bats to humans. This meeting was in association with the US White House's Global Health Security Agenda Meeting, hosted in the White House the next day.



Local Press Interviews

Local New Zealand Press Interviews about the spread of the Ebola virus.