Hamish McCallum is a disease ecologist, Professor and leader of the Planetary Health theme at the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University. He is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of infectious diseases in wildlife, and investigating their implications for conservation biology and spillover to humans.
These emerging disease threats are expect to increase due to climate change and habitat destruction. His current projects include working on the unique infectious cancer Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease, the amphibian chytrid fungus threatening frogs worldwide, and Hendra virus in flying foxes, which is a significant risk to human health. In 2011, he was the senior member of a team awarded the Eureka Prize for Environmental research, for work on Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease.
Hamish McCallum appears with thanks to Academic Partner Griffith University.