Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dr Melinda Rostal

Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

460 West 34th Street
Suite 1701
EcoHealth Alliance
New York, NY 10001

BIOGRAPHY: Mindy’s work involves wildlife and livestock surveillance in hotspots around the world in order to uncover the source of emerging infectious disease. Working with EcoHealth Alliance’s network of global partners Mindy is advancing the ‘One Health’ approach by focusing her work on scientific research, training and capacity building in some of the most at-risk regions for disease emergence on the planet.

More recently, Mindy has been focusing on her work in South Africa and Tanzania investigating rogue viruses that can have significant impacts on the health of wildlife and people. Specifically, she is involved in EcoHealth Alliance's DTRA funded program Reducing the Threat of Rift Valley Fever through Ecology, Epidemiology, and Socio-Economics where she and a OneHealth team are investigating the effects of climate, mosquito ecology, ruminant and human exposure to Rift Valley fever virus and working to better understand the socio-economic cost of Rift Valley fever. In Tanzania she is combining remote sensing data collection with field samples collected from cattle, small mammals and people to better understand the risk and prevention of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. She continues to work with Drs. Epstein and Islam on wildlife surveillance for emerging viruses in Bangladesh.

Mindy earned a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She completed a dual-degree program at the University of Minnesota where Mindy graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Masters in Public Health.