Research scientist Elizabeth Loh brings a human dimension to our projects. A conservation biologist by training, Elizabeth Loh works to understand how human activities may be contributing to ecological changes and disease emergence in Latin America.
Elizabeth's research interests lie within coupled social-ecological systems. Her current work examines the effects of forest fragmentation on mammal and viral communities, and investigates the role of human behavior in disease risk. She is currently working with EcoHealth Alliance's local partners in Brazil to implement a household survey to quantify human-animal contact. The survey data will be integrated with biodiversity data to determine how different interventions may influence disease risk and conservation.
"My work focuses on the interface of ecosystem and human health, specifically in the context of global biodiversity loss, and combines fieldwork and ecological modeling to better understand disease dynamics and ecological changes." - Elizabeth Loh
After earning her B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Kentucky, Elizabeth went on to receive her M.Sc. in Conservation Biologly from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent - both degrees were achieved with honors.