Dr Aaron Jenkins

Research Fellow
School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Aaron Jenkins has highly regarded expertise in crosscutting development themes including integrated conservation and development, wetland management for health, nutrition and climate change mitigation, WASH and waterborne disease management, intersection of climate change, natural disaster, land and water management on health and sustainable fisheries. (5 book chapters, 48 journal publications, 41 technical reports authored, and 23 awards). This expertise stems from 20 years of professional experience in international development working with international, regional agencies, governments, NGOs, donors, universities and communities in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Palau, Samoa, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and USA.

Research interests

  • Ecological determinants of persistence and fate of waterborne or water-related pathogen reservoirs in Pacific Island wetland systems.
  • Integrated governance of water, health and socio-ecological systems
  • Integrated water quality and health surveillance for emergency recovery and response
  • Contributions of biodiversity and natural spaces to mental and physical fitness, and cultural dimensions of health.

Current projects

  • Sydney Research ExcellenceInitiative - SREI 2020 -In partnership with the Marie Bashir Institute (MBI) investigating the role of extreme storm (i.e. tidal and non-tidal flooding) and heat events on vector abundance and vector-borne disease risk using established surveillance programs at strategic NSW and NT coastal and remote interior sites
  • Studies on Typhoid Epidemiology and Prevention in Fiji – STEP Fiji - in partnership with University of Melbourne, University of Otago, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services – a set of studies linking environmental, microbiological and physicochemical findings to patterns of typhoid disease at catchment, residential and household scales.
  • Integrated drinking water quality and health surveillance for emergency recovery and response – IDWHS - designing integrated surveillance methodologies with UNICEF, WHO and Fiji National agencies to use in prioritizing recovery and response post natural disaster.

Associations

  • Planetary Health Alliance
  • International Association of Ecology & Health (Board member, founding member Oceania Chapter)
  • Pacific Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Coalition (founding member)
  • World Commission on Protected Areas (Oceania advisor)
  • Ramsar Convention Scientific & Technical Panel (Oceania advisor)
  • Species Survival Commission (Oceania co-chair Freshwater specialist group)
  • National Taskforce for Communicable and Outbreak Prone Diseases (Fiji)
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors
  • National Wetlands Committee of Fiji (founding member)
  • Protected Areas Committee of Fiji (founding member)

Awards and honours

  • November 2014 – Dunedin, New Zealand - Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) conference- ‘One Health in low resource areas: the interface between human, animal, and environmental health’ – awarded best oral presentation for PhD work.
  • August 2014 – Montreal, Canada - EcoHealth Biennial Conference - “Fijian floods, feces & fishes: exploring common determinants of typhoid resurgence & food fish decline in Pacific island river basins.” – awarded best oral presentation.

Recent invited conference presenter:

  • April 2017 – Kampala, Uganda - 10th International Conference on Typhoid and Invasive NTS Disease - From river to residence: inter-scalar environmental determinants of typhoid in Central Division, Fiji
  • December 2016 – Melbourne, Australia - The 4th International One HealthCongress & The 6th Biennal Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health - Rivers, residences & risky behaviours: a nested environmental approach to typhoid epidemiology inCentral Division, Fiji.
  • May 2015 – Bali, Indonesia - 9th International Conference on Typhoid and Invasive NTS Disease – An interdisciplinary study of typhoid fever in Central Division Fiji.
  • December 2014 – Suva, Fiji – Quarterly Meeting of the Pacific WASH Coalition - Environmental, socio-cultural, and behavioural determinants of typhoid fever in the Central Division, Republic of Fiji.
  • November 2014 – Dunedin, New Zealand - Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) conference- ‘One Health in low resource areas: the interface between human, animal, and environmental health’ – awarded best oral presentation for PhD work.
  • September 2014Melbourne, Australia– World Parks Congress: session on"Linking animal, human and environmental health (one health)" - Investigating links between environmental change and waterborne bacterial disease in Fiji.
  • August 2014 – Montreal, Canada - EcoHealth Biennial Conference - “Fijian floods, feces & fishes: exploring common determinants of typhoid resurgence & food fish decline in Pacific island river basins.” – awarded best oral presentation.
  • December 2013 – Melbourne, Australia - University of Melbourne EcoHealth Symposium – Ecohealth in the Pacific: an oceanic island perspective

International links

Fiji

(Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services) A set of studies on Typhoid Epidemiology and Prevention in Fiji – collaborating with Melbourne University, Murdoch Childrens' Research Institute, University of Otago, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and UNICEF

Fiji

(UNICEF Pacific and WHO, Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services) Working on the design of integrated drinking water quality and health surveillance for emergency recovery and response

Selected grants

2018

  • Conference: Fate of enteric pathogens in the environment; Jenkins A; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Lin, H., Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Brown, C. (2017). Impact of anthropogenic disturbances on a diverse riverine fish assemblage in Fiji predicted by functional traits. Freshwater Biology, 62(8), 1422-1432. [More Information]
  • Copeland, L., Boseto, D., Jenkins, A. (2016). Freshwater ichthyofauna of the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA) Gateway in Viti Levu, Fiji. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(3), 236-241. [More Information]
  • Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Mueller, U., Jenney, A., Vosaki, G., Rosa, V., Naucukidi, A., Mulholland, K., Strugnell, R., et al (2016). Health at the Sub-catchment Scale: Typhoid and Its Environmental Determinants in Central Division, Fiji. EcoHealth, 13(4), 633-651. [More Information]
  • Brito, I., Yilmaz, S., Huang, K., Xu, L., Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Naisilisili, W., Tamminen, M., Smillie, C., Wortman, J., et al (2016). Mobile genes in the human microbiome are structured from global to individual scales. AFCS Nature - Molecule Pages, 535(7612), 435-439. [More Information]
  • Kingsley, J., Patrick, R., Horwitz, P., Parkes, M., Jenkins, A., Massy, C., Henderson-Wilson, C., Arabena, K. (2015). Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth chapter. The Biochemical Journal, 12(10), 12706-12722. [More Information]
  • Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Long, W., Maxwell, S., Carruthers, T., Hodge, K., Govan, H., Tamelander, J., Watson, J. (2014). Principles for integrated island management in the tropical Pacific. Pacific Conservation Biology, 20(2), 193-205.

2017

  • Lin, H., Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Brown, C. (2017). Impact of anthropogenic disturbances on a diverse riverine fish assemblage in Fiji predicted by functional traits. Freshwater Biology, 62(8), 1422-1432. [More Information]

2016

  • Copeland, L., Boseto, D., Jenkins, A. (2016). Freshwater ichthyofauna of the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA) Gateway in Viti Levu, Fiji. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(3), 236-241. [More Information]
  • Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Mueller, U., Jenney, A., Vosaki, G., Rosa, V., Naucukidi, A., Mulholland, K., Strugnell, R., et al (2016). Health at the Sub-catchment Scale: Typhoid and Its Environmental Determinants in Central Division, Fiji. EcoHealth, 13(4), 633-651. [More Information]
  • Brito, I., Yilmaz, S., Huang, K., Xu, L., Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Naisilisili, W., Tamminen, M., Smillie, C., Wortman, J., et al (2016). Mobile genes in the human microbiome are structured from global to individual scales. AFCS Nature - Molecule Pages, 535(7612), 435-439. [More Information]

2015

  • Kingsley, J., Patrick, R., Horwitz, P., Parkes, M., Jenkins, A., Massy, C., Henderson-Wilson, C., Arabena, K. (2015). Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth chapter. The Biochemical Journal, 12(10), 12706-12722. [More Information]

2014

  • Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Long, W., Maxwell, S., Carruthers, T., Hodge, K., Govan, H., Tamelander, J., Watson, J. (2014). Principles for integrated island management in the tropical Pacific. Pacific Conservation Biology, 20(2), 193-205.

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