Session II:
Promoting Ecologically-Based Approaches to Preventing Disease: A story of Dams, Snails and Schistosomiasis 

Saturday, April 29th

My primary research interest is in the use of ecological theory, particularly life history-based models, in population dynamics and management. I use advanced mathematical and computational techniques to identify basic first-principles of the ecology of infectious diseases, to explore costs and benefits of alternative policies for natural resource management in a multi-objective, multi-attribute framework and to analyze population dynamics and extinction risk of endangered populations. My research focuses on disease ecology in a variety of ways, including quantitative studies of real-world systems and purely theoretical studies that inform practical management approaches. My goal is to assess the effect of ecological and environmental heterogeneities in disease dynamics and to estimate key parameters that may be incorporated into epidemiological models useful for decision-making.

In 1993, I received a PhD in ecology from the University of Parma & University of Ferrara. In 1989, I received my B.E. and M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. I moved to Stanford University in 2012.

“Some of the biggest challenges humanity has to face – from promoting human health to halting environmental degradation – are too big to be addressed in an incremental, sector-specific way: breakthrough can and will be achieved through a creative, interdisciplinary approach that fully recognizes the holistic, multi-faceted, complex nature of the relationship between humans and the environment. By bringing together experts from multiple disciplines – including medicine, public health, ecology, conservation and engineering – the inaugural Planetary Health Annual Meeting paves the ground to discover novel solutions that will benefit the health of the people and of our planet.”

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