Anne-Lise Chaber

Dr Anne-Lise Chaber

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Anne-Lise Chaber is a highly accomplished One Health expert with a joint appointment at the School of Public Health and the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Her research focuses on a cross-disciplinary approach to Human, Animal, and Ecosystem Health. After obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of Liège (ULg) in Belgium, Anne-Lise earned a Master of Science in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College and the Zoological Society of London (UK). She then pursued her graduate training with a PhD in Epidemiology at ULg, where she investigated disease detection and management at the wildlife-livestock-human interface.
With over fifteen years of practical experience as a field epidemiologist in England, Botswana, the United Arab Emirates and Australasia, Anne-Lise has conducted groundbreaking research on the transmission of diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Q Fever, Brucella melitensis, and MERS-Coronavirus at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. Her expertise also extends to the illegal wildlife trade, including the international bushmeat trade and the live exotic pet trade.
Overall, Dr. Chaber's work has made significant contributions to our understanding of One Health, and her findings have important implications for the health and well-being of humans, animals, and ecosystems worldwide.

The ecosystem is like a living body, where each population, like organs, interact with each other and the disruption of this balance makes the entire system dysfunctional.

Understanding and protecting this system relies on collaborative and trans-disciplinary work.  My approach to One Health is not focusing only on zoonotic diseases or emerging infectious diseases but also encompasses habitat destruction, climate warming, biodiversity loss, land use change, pollution, human demographic explosion, societal change and other dynamics that are threatening Human, Animal and Environmental Health.

My interests lie in wildlife conservation, anthropogenically driven diseases and the link between ecosystem, human and animal health (One Health). These key themes are generally interconnected in my work. My research projects focus on:

  • Human-Induced diseases: both infectious and non-infectious diseases caused by human activities and their environmental impact.
  • International wildlife trade, including bushmeat and live exotic pet trade: a threat to both biodiversity and public health. Our projects aim at collecting factual data and at bridging the knowledge-to-action gap.
  • Disease detection and management at the wildlife-livestock-human interface where collaborative work among different sectors is mandatory in order to understand complex ecological systems and to gather the necessary sound scientific data on disease ecology, vaccine efficacy, epidemiological situation, species sensitivity, host specificity, transmission patterns, vectors or climatic conditions affecting pathogens survival and vector competence.
  • Emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases
  • Wildlife conservation

My aim is to develop projects that are impactful in health and conservation terms.

I will be happy to engage in collaborative One health projects with researchers from a different background such as public health doctors, computer scientists, environmental lawyers, economists, botanists, GIS specialists…


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing One health Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2021 - ongoing One Health Specialist Consultant Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    2021 - ongoing Director Global One Health Alliance
    2017 - 2022 One health Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2012 - 2017 Founder and Managing Director Wildlife and Livestock Veterinary Consultant L.L.C
    2010 - 2012 Lead Supervisor/Curator Al Ain Wildlife Park
    2009 - 2009 Wildlife veterinarian Botswana Predator Conservation Trust/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish - Latin American Can read, write and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2017 University of Liège, Liège Belgium Philosophical Doctor in Veterinary Epidemiology
    2007 - 2008 Royal Veterinary College, London United Kingdom Master of Science in Wild Animal Health
    2001 - 2007 University of Liège, Liège Belgium Doctor in Veterinary Medicine


RAK wildlife project, biodiversity survey and predators tracking (2013-2017) - $ 345 000 from RAK Bank (Corporate Social Responsibility program) - UAE

Illegal Bushmeat Trade in Belgium (2017/2018) - $ 50 000 from the Federal Public Health Service - Belgium

Mangrove ecosystem health (2017) - $ 50 000 from the Waste Water Authority of Ras Al Khaimah - UAE

  • One Health / EcoHealth
  • Wildlife management
  • Conservation medicine

One Health senior lecturer in DVM II and DVM III and wildlife management course coordinator in BSc Animal Science.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor The intersection of the international trade of live animals and One Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Regina Warne
    2022 Principal Supervisor Development of innovative tools to detect the illegal wildlife trade through high-risk international trade routes. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Georgia Kate Moloney
    2022 Co-Supervisor Investigating threats to dolphin health in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rebecca Lee Souter
    2021 Principal Supervisor Brushtail possum health and demography in response to changing resource conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Tara Jane McKenzie
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2017 - 2018 Investigation into the illegal importation of bushmeat from Africa to Belgium Royal Veterinary College Harriet Green
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131982
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  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Production Animal Health Centre,
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science, School of Public Health

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