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Fidy Lab

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Department of Biology, East Carolina University

Our work is founded on the need for an integrated understanding of the connections between human, animal and ecosystem health. Specifically, we examine the multiple interactions between these domains, also known as the One Health concept in order to inform policies to promote public health and biodiversity conservation.

Our goal is to understand the dynamics and drivers of disease transmission between hosts and their impacts on health and populations while accounting for the many interacting factors, all within an environment that is warming, urbanizing, and becoming far more connected.

We conduct most of our fieldwork in Madagascar where we collaborate with students and scientists from several institutions and have established a long term field site and a molecular laboratory both dedicated to scientific research and capacity-building.

We aim to characterize the health of wild mammals in Madagascar in order to inform conservation policies. For example, we want to answer simple but critical questions such as: "What is a healthy lemur or fosa?"

We use "One Health" approaches to investigate how interactions between humans, domestic animals and wildlife contribute to the emergence of pathogens which is a significant concern for both conservation and public health.  

We study how recent anthropogenic changes such as habitat degradation and the intensification of human mobility and animal trade are altering the landscape of infectious diseases and facilitate the spread of pathogens across geographical and ecological boundaries

Latest publications

Rasambainarivo, F., Ramiadantsoa, T., Raherinandrasana, A., Randrianarisoa, S., Rice, B. L., Evans, M. V., ... & Metcalf, J. C. (2022). Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and dose allocation within Madagascar. BMC public health, 22(1), 1-9.

Baker, R. E., Mahmud, A. S., Miller, I. F., Rajeev, M., Rasambainarivo, F., Rice, B. L., ... & Metcalf, C. J. E. (2022). Infectious disease in an era of global change. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 20(4), 193-205.

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