A. Alonso Aguirre

A. Alonso Aguirre, Associate Professor
ESP Department Chair
Ph.D. Colorado State University
D.V.M., M.S.

Research Focus: Wildlife disease ecology, conservation medicine, ecohealth, one health

Office: DK 3003

Phone: 703-993-7590

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Dr. Alonso Aguirre heads a program of collaborative research that focuses on the ecology of wildlife disease and the links to human health and conservation of biodiversity.  His research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of emerging diseases of marine wildlife populations. Dr. Aguirre’s international experience brings applied solutions to ecological health issues accomplished through trans-disciplinary teams, innovative research, scientific excellence, and long-term monitoring of sentinel species.  He teaches courses in environmental toxicology, wildlife disease ecology and conservation. During the summer, he organizes and teaches an off-campus graduate course in zoo, wildlife and conservation medicine targeting the NOVA University Network established by Nordic countries.  Dr. Aguirre served as the Executive Director of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and Director of the Mason Center for Conservation Studies. Previously he was Senior Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance in New York, Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Research Professor at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. He also acted as Wildlife Epidemiologist for NMFS Protected Species Investigations heading the epidemiology program for Hawaiian monk seals and Hawaiian green turtles.

He authored the books Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice; Helminths of Wildlife: A Global Perspective; and New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, and published over 160 professional papers, monographs and scientific reports. He serves as co-editor of EcoHealth, Journal of Wildlife Diseases and European Journal of Wildlife Research. He has advised government agency and NGO leaders of several countries in the Americas, Southeast Asia and Western Europe.