Dr. Peter Daszak "is the Executive Director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine. He directs the Consortium's programs in research, education, policy, and practical conservation. He is originally from Britain, where he earned a B.Sc. in zoology and a Ph.D. in parasitology.
"His research focuses on the taxonomy, pathology, and conservation impact of parasitic diseases, particularly those of non-mammalian vertebrates and invertebrates. In collaboration with groups in Britain, Australia, and the United States, he discovered a previously unknown fungal disease of amphibians, chytridiomycosis , that is a major cause of frog population declines globally and may be transmitted by bullfrogs. This discovery highlights the link between global trade and disease emergence, a process known as pathogen pollution.
"Dr. Daszak has adjunct positions at three American and two British universities; has served on committees of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Health Organization, National Academy of Sciences, and Department of the Interior; and has advised a range of governmental, commercial, and non-commercial organizations. He has been published in Science and in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . In addition, he is currently co-authoring a popular science book on emerging wildlife diseases. Dr. Daszak has received a number of awards, including the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative work on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times , The Washington Post , and US News & World Report . He has appeared on broadcasts such as CNN, ABC, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and NPR's Morning Edition." 
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- Peter Daszak, Consortium for Conservation Medicine, accessed June 8, 2009.