Thomas Gillespie (epidemiologist)

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Thomas Gillespie (epidemiologist)
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Born (1978-05-14) May 14, 1978 (age 45)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • University of Florida
  • Ecologist
  • Epidemiologist

Thomas Gillespie is an ecologist and epidemiologist recognized for his integrative approach to the conservation of biodiversity and mitigation of emerging infectious diseases. He is currently a professor at Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health.

Gillespie was among the first to demonstrate that human impact on the environment can alter the dynamics of natural pathogens in wildlife[1], and create opportunities for pathogens to jump between species[2]. His efforts serve as demonstration projects of the One Health Approach[3][4] and have guided international efforts to protect endangered species from human diseases[5] and prevent the next pandemic[6][7]

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  1. Gillespie, T.R. B.; Chapman, C.A.; Greiner, E.C. (2005). ""Effects of logging on gastrointestinal parasite infections and infection risk in African primate populations". Journal of Applied Ecology. 42: 699–707. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01049.x.
  2. Gillespie, T.R. B.; Chapman, C.A. (2006). ""Prediction of parasite infection dynamics in primate metapopulations based on attributes of forest fragmentation". Conservation Biology. 20: 441–448. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00290.x.
  3. Kimbrough, Liz (3 April 2014). "Next big idea in forest conservation? Connecting deforestation to disease". Mongabe.
  4. Sullivan, Ashley. ""Pathogens, primates & human populations, oh my!". Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  5. Carrington, Damian (24 March 2020). "Coronavirus poses lethal threat to great apes, experts warn". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  6. Vidal, John (18 March 2020). "'Tip of the iceberg': is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  7. Carrington, Damian (6 July 2020). "Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

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