Dr. Hume Field
Science & Policy Advisor
"We need to look at the big picture to understand what is driving disease emergence. Only then can we see cause and effect, and avoid the negative impacts on both human and animal populations. EcoHealth Alliance strives to do this on a global scale."
Dr. Hume Field is an international authority on emerging zoonoses associated with bats. His formal qualifications include veterinary science, environmental science and infectious disease epidemiology.
He has played a key role in the identification of various species of bats as the natural reservoir of Hendra virus and Australian bat lyssavirus (Australia), Nipah virus (Malaysia and Indonesia), SARS coronavirus (China), and Reston Ebolavirus (Philippines). His ‘big picture’ perspective is very much ecosystem health, highlighting the connection between environmental, livestock, and human health.
Dr. Field was head of the Queensland Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases in Australia until 2013, and is now working with EcoHealth Alliance as a Science and Policy Advisor for both China and southeast Asia regions. His research focus remains the ecology of emerging diseases associated with bats.