James Hassell is a runner-up for Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact

Hassell has been recognized for his work with the Smithsonian Conservation Institute’s Global Health Program.

James Hassell in the field
Dr. James Hassell

Out of more than 350 entries from 62 countries, Dr. James Hassell, wildlife veterinarian, epidemiologist and Keller Family Skorton Scholar for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program was selected as one of eight finalists and announced as a runner up for the 2021 Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact. Dr. Hassell’s research combines ecology and epidemiology to study the connections between environmental change, wildlife and human health, with a particular focus on urbanization as a driver of emerging pathogens. This year’s Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact, sponsored by academic publisher Springer Nature, put a spotlight on those early career researchers whose critical work in climate, cities, environment, healthcare and food security could provide insight into future solutions. Dr. Hassell receives a $10,000 research grant as runner-up for the annual prize.

Topics he is currently working on include:

  • Population heath and diseases of eastern black rhinoceros
  • The role of wildlife in the emergence of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in urban settings
  • Toxicology training to mitigate poisoning of African carnivores and vultures
  • The ecology and epidemiology of viral pathogens in bats
  • Wildlife health training programs in East Africa

Dr. Hassell received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College, before pursuing a master’s degree in wild animal health. He completed his doctorate in epidemiology with the University of Liverpool and International Livestock Research Institute, investigating the role of urbanization on the ecology and epidemiology of disease transmission between wildlife, livestock and humans in Nairobi.

Dr. Hassell is an appointed assistant professor adjunct of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, and is currently enrolled in a zoological medicine residency with a focus on wildlife population health through the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science.

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Read more about the work Dr. Hassell and his colleagues are doing with the Global Health Program.

Posted: 10 January 2022
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Alex di Giovanni is primarily responsible for "other duties as assigned" in the Office of Communications and External Affairs. She has been with the Smithsonian since 2006 and plans to be interred in the Smithson crypt.