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Alonso Aguirre

Executive Director, Smithsonian- Mason School of Conservation

Expertise: Animal Conservation, Animal Science, Animal Epidemiology, Disease Outbreaks, Animal-to-Human Disease Transmission, Conservation Medicine, Ecology, Global Change

Alonso Aguirre directs the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, based in Front Royal, Va. He is an animal epidemiologist, a veternarian, and conservation activist.

Previously he was senior vice president at EcoHealth Alliance in New York, also holding different appointments at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University and Tufts University. After obtaining his D.V.M., he received a M.S. in wildlife ecology and epidemiology and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology and protected areas management from Colorado State University where he served as assistant professor years later. He acted as wildlife epidemiologist for NMFS Protected Species Investigations, heading and pioneering the epidemiology program for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles.

He authored the books Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice and Helminths of Wildlife: A Global Perspective, New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, and published over 160 professional papers, monographs and scientific reports. He also served as co-editor and now as review editor of the new Springer journal EcoHealth. He also is a co-editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases and European Journal of Wildlife Research.

Aguirre is also an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at Mason.

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