Philip Weinstein

Professor Philip Weinstein

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:



Research Funding

Date Funding Body Project Amount Years
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


  • Position: Professorial Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83136313
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  • Fax: 8313 6222
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Org Unit: School of Public Health

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