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Michael Walsh

Senior Lecturer of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of Sydney

Michael Walsh is a landscape epidemiologist with the Sydney School of Public Health and the Sydney Infectious Diseases Institute. He is interested in the complex ecologies of zoonotic pathogens and their specific interactions with hosts, vectors, and environments to shape risk. As such, he combines methods from spatial and infectious disease epidemiology with applications of biogeography, community ecology, functional ecology, and landscape ecology to employ transdisciplinary One Health approaches to zoonosis inference, prediction, surveillance, and prevention. Michael is particularly interested in the ways in which interactions between wildlife, domesticated animals, and humans in anthropogenic landscapes facilitate pathogen spillover from primary reservoir hosts to novel hosts.


  • 2016–present
    Senior Lecturer of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, The University of Sydney
  • 2010–2016
    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, State University of New York
  • 2004–2010
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine, New York University


  • 2003 
    University of Pittsburgh, PhD Epidemiology
  • 2000 
    University of Illinois, MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics