James J English, Ph.D

Dr. James English earned his PhD in Biology studying Animal Population Ecology at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has a diverse professional background including applied research in animal ecology, disease vector ecology, and Public Health Integrated Vector Management (IVM) and conducting ecosystem preservation, global health capacity building, One Health, and IVM. 

Biography

Dr. English has a history of working with universities, foreign governments, the US and Allied Nations’ Military, Federal Agencies and Native American Tribal Governments. Dr. English served the Department of Defense (DoD) as a technical advisor for arthropod-borne disease ecology and IVM. Most recently, Dr. English served the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland as a faculty member and Principle Investigator in USU’s Vector Biology Lab and Director of USU’s Public Health GIS Lab.

Dr. English has headed and assisted in developing programs designed to manage vector-borne diseases (Malaria, West Nile Virus, Leishmaniasis, Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika) at National and International scales. He has worked as a Navy Medical Entomologist in the States and abroad under a wide variety of conditions including emergency contingencies and theatres of combat. While serving the US Navy as a Military Entomologist, he initiated and directed the US Navy West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control Program and has travelled extensively through world to collect epidemiological information on infectious diseases of military importance. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he assumed responsibility for maintaining ecological stability while initiating an IVM program for a large part of Iraq that included the control of infectious diseases by controlling sand flies that can transmit Leishmaniasis, mosquitoes that can transmit Malaria and snails that can transmit Schistosomiasis. 

Since leaving Active Duty, Dr. English has held academic appointments and leadership positions at four US Universities and a DoD public health community. In those various institutions, he has served as Assistant Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center, Academic Director of an applied science Institute, Department Chair of an undergraduate program, Program Manager and senior authority for a community of applied-science military-medical professionals, and engaged undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate student scientists in conducting research in plant and animal ecology, invasive and endangered species research, vector and pathogen ecology, applied and sustainability science, resource use and natural history.

From 2013 - 2018, Dr. English served at the US Navy Entomology Center of Excellence as head of the US Navy’s Medical Entomology Training Programs, a position that included development and management of all US Navy Medical Entomology education & training conducted at 10 schoolhouses worldwide.

While working with the Department of Defense, Dr. English has worked with many US Allied Nations to assess or build National IVM and One Health programs and integrate them into existing public health infrastructure. In his international public health practice, he collaborated with the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and allied Ministries of Health and Defense to build customized public health programs and assisted nations in evaluating and strengthen their programs to meet specific objectives. Dr. English continued this public health practice in his position at USU, where he also conducted research on a wide range of topics related to IVM, One Health, use of GIS in public health, and vector, host & pathogen ecology.

In January, 2021, Dr. English joined USGS as Invasive Species Program Manager.