Professorial Research Fellow
School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Philip Weinstein is a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Prior to his current appointment he was Head of School in the School of Biological Sciences. He holds dual qualifications in ecology (PhD) and public health medicine (MBBS, FAFPHM).
Phil has lectured zoology at James Cook University, was Professor of Public and Environmental Health at the University of Queensland, and Head of School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia. He has over 300 publications on the environmental determinants of water-borne, mosquito-borne, and other diseases, and led a major research programme on air quality and respiratory health through the Cooperative Research Centre for Asthma and Airways.
He was a member of the Board of Review Editors for the global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, served as Co-Chair of the International Medical Geology Association, is immediate past President of the Australian Entomological Society, and is Deputy Chair of Nature Foundation South Australia.
Healthy ecosystems provide a variety of ecosystem services to humans, most obviously provisioning services (food, water, fuel, and shelter), but also regulating services (climate control, disease suppression) and cultural services (recreation and wellbeing). Biodiversity is fundamental to maintaining ecosystem functionality and resilience, and when biodiversity is adversely affected by human activities such as urbanisation, agriculture, and CO2 emission, ecosystem services can fail. Directly or indirectly, the maintenance of biodiversity can prevent the emergence and re-emergence of a variety of public health problems that include exposure to toxins, vector borne diseases, and lifestyle diseases.
My recent work has focused on demonstrating a quantifiable link between healthy ecosystems and healthy humans, using examples of recently ‘created’ public health problems such as Ross River virus infection in salinised landscapes; birth defects in poorly managed water catchments; ciguatera poisoning from bleached reef ecosystems; and leptospirosis in fragmented habitats. Such examples support the idea that biodiversity conservation can benefit both the environment and human health concurrently. To provide a better evidence base for policy generation in this area, more multidisciplinary research is required – including further analyses of the ecological linkages between biodiversity conservation and human health outcomes.
I welcome students and collaborators who have overlapping interests in elucidating the ecological linkages between biodiversity and human health. Specifically, I currently have the following Hons/PhD projects available:
1. ESTABLISHING CLINICAL PATTERNS FOR AUSTRALIAN DIPTERA BITES IN HUMANS
2. BIODIVERSE GREENSPACE EXPOSURE AND HUMAN HEALTH OUTCOMES
|2014||ARC||The unfolding story of the 2009 Adelaide heatwave:risk factors for mortality and morbidity||$139,400|
|2013||AusAid||Climate change in China||$900,000||2013/14|
|2012||ARC LEIF||Molecular Ecology||$400,000||2013|
|2010||NHMRC||Birth defects & water quality||$800,000||2011/14|
|2010||ARC Link||HRA Coal Seam Gas water||$100,000||2010/12|
|2008||ARC Link||Heat waves and pop health||$150,000||2009/10|
|2007||ARC Disc||Extreme weather and Health||$189,000||2008/10|
|2006||PWFG||Reused water quality||$784,000||2007/09|
|2006||CRC (Bushfire)||Air Quality COPAR||$50,000||2006/07|
|2005||HRC||Air quality and health||$3,358,253||2005/12|
|2004||HRC||Managed aquifer recharge||$155,000||2005/07|
|2003||MinEnv||Health of Firefighters||$230,000||2003/04|
|2002||HRC||Arbovirus modeling in NZ||$260,000||2002/03|
|2001||HRC||Strain typing Campylobacter||$70,000||2001|
|2001||MinEnv||Sustainable catchment mgt||$300,000||2001/03|
|2000||HRC||Water quality and diarrhoea||$360,000||2001/02|
|2000||HRC||Prostate disease in Maori||$160,000||2000/01|
|1999||HRC||Human & ecosystem health||$150,000||1999/01|
|1999||HRC||Arbovirus hotspots in NZ||$80,000||1999|
|1999||HRC||Dengue receptivity in NZ||$50,000||1999/00|
|1999||HRC||Ecology of Campylobacter||$80,000||1999|
|1996||ARC||Biology of cave insects||$160,000||1996/98|
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