Dr. Alonso Aguirre Wins Warner College Distinguished Alumni Award

Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus
A. Alonso Aguirre, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.
M.S., ’87, Fishery and Wildlife Biology
Ph.D., ’90, Fishery and Wildlife Biology
Front Royal, Virginia


Dr. Alonso Aguirre, a veterinarian by training, received his M.S. and Ph.D. in wildlife biology and protected-area management from Colorado State University. He is associate professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, where he heads a program of collaborative research that focuses on the ecology of wildlife disease and the links to human health and conservation of biodiversity. His research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of emerging diseases of marine wildlife populations. Until recently, he served as the executive director of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and director of the Mason Center for Conservation Studies. Previously, he was senior vice president at EcoHealth Alliance (formerly known as Wildlife Trust) in New York, also holding appointments at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University, and Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

He cofounded the emerging discipline of conservation medicine and authored both seminal books on the topic, and has published more than 160 papers.He has advised governments of several countries in the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. Dr. Aguirre has briefed both the U.S. and Mexican congresses. His work has been the focus of extensive media coverage including Bioscience, Conservation In Practice, E-Magazine, Science News, Environmental Health Perspectives, the New York Times, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Al Jazzera Stream TV, CBS, LTV,and other international magazines, TV and radio shows. 

Dr. Aguirre has received numerous awards including the Harry Jalanka Memorial Medal from Finland for outstanding contributions to wildlife medicine and the Conservation Award of the Year from the Mexico State Commission of Natural Parks and Wildlife for his role in conserving protected areas for monarch butterflies. Dr. Aguirre and his wife, Hannia, live in a farmhouse in Front Royal, Virginia, with their two spoiled Birman cats and 13 chickens.

Posted September 26, 2014