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Melinda Rostal

Senior Research Scientist and Field Veterinarian

Melinda Rostal

Dr. Melinda "Mindy" Rostal is a senior research scientist, field veterinarian, the EcoHealth Alliance Surveillance Coordinator for the PREDICT 2 program, and the Rift Valley Fever Project Manager at EcoHealth Alliance.
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Consortium for Conservation Medicine

The Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM) is a unique program that began over a decade ago.  It is a formal partnership among six leading institutions dedicated to providing cutting-edge Conservation Medicine Applied Learning Experiences (CMALE) to graduate students.  The CCM strives to train the next generation of conservation medicine scientists by placing students in the field working with established scientists in the US or internationally where they will have an opportunity to participate in state-of-the art research at the human-animal interface. 

CCM partners include EcoHealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; National Wildlife Health Center of the US Geological Service; Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Conservation Medicine; University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health ;and the University of Wisconsin's Nelson Institute for the Environment.

How can you apply for a CMALE?

Students interested in applying for CMALE, should provide a current CV and a one page cover letter that includes scientific and career interests, a specific research program at a CCM partner institute of interest (and an alternative), and a faculty reference with contact information. Students are encouraged to identify external funding sources to support their summer research, and students with support will be given preference.  Applications for summer research opportunities must be received no later than February 1st of the same year.  Many students apply for summer research opportunities, and unfortunately not all requests can be accommodated. 

Please send inquiries and applications to

Links to partner institutes include:


Peter Daszak

Peter Daszak

President & Disease Ecologist
PhD, Parasitology

Jonathan H. Epstein

Jonathan H. Epstein

Associate Vice President of Conservation Medicine
DVM, MPH, cert. International Veterinary Medicine

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