Matthew LeBreton

International Research Associate

Phone: +237 96271989

Matthew LeBreton
Johns Hopkins Cameroon Program
BP 7039 Yaounde

Research Interests

I work as a wildlife ecologist on a global network for disease surveillance which has been initiated in central Africa, the area where viruses such as HIV and ebola have emerged. I also conduct conservation-oriented research on wildlife in Australia and Cameroon, including wildlife surveys in eastern and inland Australia. I am the co-author of a book on the reptiles of Cameroon being produced in collaboration with the National Natural History Museum in Paris. Most recently, I have been involved in research on how diseases are transmitted from animals to humans during hunting and butchering.

Current Research Projects

Ecology of emerging infectious diseases

  • acquisition of pathogens during hunting and butchering of wild animals
  • transmission and circulation of influenza viruses in wild and domestic birds
  • pathogen diversity in wild animals
  • diagnosis of chronic infections in captive animals
  • determining links between public health and conservation

Herpetofauna of Cameroon

  • biogeography of Cameroon herpetofauna
  • description of new species

Conservation of threatened species

  • surveys and management of rare and threatened species

CTR Bird

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