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Kevin J. Olival

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Kevin J. Olival

Dr. Kevin J. Olival is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who has been researching emerging infectious diseases for over a decade.
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Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health.  Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance's rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance's strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives.

Rift Valley fever

EcoHealth Alliance is at the forefront of a field that uses the One Health approach to predict the outbreak of novel and emerging diseases. Learn More »

Ebola, Bat Conservation and Public Health

Recent studies suggest that some species of African fruit bats can carry the Ebola virus although transmission of Ebola virus to humans has typically been via contact with great apes or other animals that have been infected and then hunted and eaten. Learn More »


EcoHealthy Pets provides the best available science-based information to promote responsible pet ownership choices that are healthy for people, animals, and the environment. Learn More »

DIVERSITAS-Future Earth ecoHEALTH Project

Exploring links between global environmental change and health for the planet and society Learn More »

Infectious Disease Emergence and Economics of Altered Landscapes (IDEEAL)

Land-use change is a significant driver of emerging infectious disease. Over 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases over the past six decades, including SARS, H1N1/Swine Flu, and HIV/AIDS have originated in animals, with nearly half of these linked to changes in land-use. Learn More »

Health and Policy Initiatives

Despite the strong inter-dependencies of people, animals and the environment, wildlife and ecosystem health are typically not adequately considered in the development of human health, agriculture, or conservation policies. Learn More »

Economics of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Outbreaks of emerging diseases and pandemics inflict damages and costs to society that include the direct costs of treating illness, the effects of a reduction in labor supply caused by an unhealthy and/or dying work force, as well as losses in sectors unrelated to health such as travel and trade. Learn More »

Emerging Infectious Disease Repository (EIDR)

The Emerging Infectious Disease Repository (EIDR) project seeks to unravel the origins of emerging infectious disease events through an innovative web application to facilitate collaborative literature review and support peer review efforts to reduce uncertainty around the origins of emerging infectious disease and outbreaks. Learn More »

Project Deep Forest

Project Deep Forest was developed on the assumption that the greater the biodiversity in a given area, the greater the diversity of pathogens. As long as these areas of high biodiversity remain preserved in their natural state and free of human encroachment, then people are less at risk of emerging infectious disease. Learn More »

Bat Conservation and Health

For well over a decade, EcoHealth Alliance scientists have dedicated time and resources to studying diseases in bat populations, and simultaneously protecting these gentle creatures from extinction. Learn More »

Mitigating the Global Wildlife Trade

The global wildlife trade is big business and the industry is worth billions annually. The U.S. is the largest importer of wildlife and wildlife products on record. Learn More »


EcoHealthNet is a program for U.S. and international graduate students interested in infectious disease research. EcoHealthNet is comprised of two parts: an annual workshop and a summer research exchange program. Learn More »


Zoonotic diseases - or those that can be transmitted between animals and humans - represent approximately 75 percent of the newly emerging diseases currently affecting people. In the context of globalization and expansive trade and travel, these diseases can travel very quickly, posing serious public health, development and economic concerns. Learn More »

Consortium for Conservation Medicine

The Consortium for Conservation Medicine strives to train the next generation of conservation medicine scientists by placing students in the field working with established scientists in the U.S. or internationally where they will have an opportunity to participate in state-of-the art research at the human-animal interface. Learn More »

Asian Elephant Conservation in India

EcoHealth Alliance partner, Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF), focuses on radio-tracking elephants using GIS technology. This data allows biologists to map and protect elephants traffic corridors all over Asia. Learn More »

One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA)

The One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA) is a trans-disciplinary and intergovernmental alliance that aims to tackle the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases that can be shared among wildlife, domestic animals and people. Learn More »

Study of Zoonotic Infections among Persons Exposed to Wild Animals

Hunting wildlife for food occurs all over the world, and brings people into contact with a multitude of species, and as a result, a vast number of known and unknown pathogens that may cause disease in people. Learn More »


EcoHealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust) and its scientific collaborators were the first to identify the original reservoir for the SARS virus. Learn More »

Monitoring the Deadly Nipah Virus

The deadly Nipah virus first emerged in Malaysia in 1998. This lethal virus was first identified in pigs and pig farmers and spread quickly as infected pigs were bought and sold. Learn More »

Amphibian Declines

EcoHealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust) and its global partners are researching the emergence and spread of chytridiomycosis, a pathogen that has been linked to the rapid declines and extinctions of amphibian populations worldwide. Learn More »

Pandemic Disease Research

Our analysis and predictions on the global spread of H5N1 avian influenza laid the groundwork to focus our attention on the latest H1N1 ("swine flu") influenza pandemic. Our goal for this research is to accurately forecast the risk of large-scale outbreaks. Learn More »

Emerging Disease Hotspots

EcoHealth Alliance and its global partners are working to discover emerging diseases using a first-of-its kind predictive map of disease hot spots. EcoHealth Alliance scientists uncovered the specific factors that make a region predisposed to disease emergence. By identifying potential infectious disease threats, we can protect both public and environmental health. Learn More »