Faculty & Staff Directory
A. Alonso Aguirre
- Chair, Environmental Science and Policy
- PhD, Wildlife Biology & Protected Areas Management, Colorado State University (1990)
- MS, Wildlife Biology and Preventive Medicine, Colorado State University (1987)
- DVM, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (1984)
A. Alonso Aguirre is Professor and Chair at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. For the past 30 years he has worked in over 23 countries focusing on the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems. Dr. Aguirre cofounded the emerging discipline of Conservation Medicine, the journal EcoHealth and the International Association of Ecology and Health. His research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of emerging diseases of marine wildlife populations with grants from NSF, USAID, USDA, NOAA, and other federal agencies and non-profit organizations. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and 5 books. Dr. Aguirre was recently appointed to the Board on Life Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences and has advised governments of several countries in the Americas, Southeast Asia and Western Europe and briefed the Mexican and United States Congress. His work has been the focus of extensive media coverage and has received numerous awards.
I oversee the advancement of environmental science and policy, conservation biology, wildlife management, infectious disease ecology, conservation medicine, veterinary medicine, EcoHealth, One Health and Planetary Health by providing leadership in teaching, research and service with administrative efficiency across disciplines in ESP. I also provide academic and operational leadership for all program activities, including academic curriculum development and administration, budget oversight within the College of Science. I provide the next generation of environmental science and policy leaders with unique educational and research opportunities that are transformational and transdisciplinary in nature within the context of globalization and international markets.
My research spans topics from wildlife management, diseases, anesthesia, and ecology, to the health of ecosystems. My disciplinary expertise is necessarily similarly broad, including microbiology, immunology, biology, biochemistry, veterinary science, wildlife diseases, disease ecology, conservation biology, conservation medicine, ecological health, and One Health. My research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of emerging diseases particularly within marine wildlife populations, such as sea turtles, seals, and manatees. In studies across the globe, I have focused on habitat destruction and degradation, emerging infectious diseases, biodiversity loss, global toxification, and illegal trade as factors affecting the health and disease of wildlife populations and their ecosystems. I cofounded the emerging discipline of Conservation Medicine, building upon the “One Health” approach to animals, people, and the environment, adopted by the CDC, WHO, FAO, OIE, and other organizations. Because diseases know no disciplinary or national boundaries, my work is inherently collaborative, international, and multisectoral.
At Mason, I have developed, implemented and taught undergraduate and graduate courses including EVPP337 Applied Ecology; EVPP 427/527 Disease Ecology and Conservation; EVPP 445/545 Principles of Environmental Toxicology; EVPP 449/549 Marine Ecology, EVPP 460/560 Infectious Diseases of Wildlife; EVPP490 One Health: A Transdisciplinary Approach; and EVVP 745 Environmental Toxicology (Ecotoxicology).
- Aguirre A.A., T. Longcore, M. Barbieri, H. Dabritz, D. Hill, P.N. Klein, C. Lepczyk, E.L. Lilly, R. McLeod, J. Milcarsky, C.E. Murphy, C. Su, E. VanWormer, R. Yolken, and G.C. Sizemore. 2019. The One Health approach to toxoplasmosis: Epidemiology, control and prevention in humans, animals, and ecosystems. EcoHealth https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-019-01405-7
- Aguirre A.A., N. Basu, L.H. Kahn, X.K. Morin, P. Echaubard, B.A. Wilcox, and V.R. Beasley. 2019. Transdisciplinary and social-ecological health frameworks—Novel approaches to emerging parasitic and vector-borne diseases. Parasite Epidemiology and Control 4:e00084.
- Aguirre A.A. 2017. Changing patterns of emerging zoonotic diseases in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans linked to biodiversity loss and globalization. ILAR Journal 58(3): https://doi.org/10.1093/ilar/ilx035
- Aguirre, A.A., V.R. Beasley, T. Augspurger, W.H. Benson, J. Whaley and N. Basu. 2016. One Health—Transdisciplinary opportunities for SETAC leadership in integrating and improving the health of people, animals, and the environment. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35:2383-2391.
- Aguirre, A.A., and R. Sukumar (eds.). 2016. Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities. Oxford University Press, New York, 491 pp. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/tropical-conservation-9780199766987?cc=us&lang=en&
- Appointed to the Board of Biological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences
- Received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
- Appointed Executive Member, Global Environmental Change and Human Health Scientific Steering Committee. Earth System Science Partnership: DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP, WCRP
- Appointed Executive Member, NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative National Advisory Panel
- Received the Conservation Achievement Award, State Commission of Parks and Wildlife, Mexico
- Awarded the Harry Jalanka Memorial Medal, Finland, the most prestigious award in zoo and wildlife medicine