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Susanne Sokolow

Susanne Sokolow

Academic Research Staff
Senior Research Scientist - Basic Life
I am a disease ecologist and veterinarian at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment and an Associate Fellow at Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health. I am interested in environmental drivers of infectious disease and creative solutions to protect the health of people and the planet.

I currently lead projects on human and planetary health in Senegal, Madagascar, Brazil, and Indonesia, including:

The Upstream Alliance ( a research initiative joining partners across the globe for ecological solutions to reduce the parasitic disease: schistosomiasis, which affects more than 250 million people worldwide. Together with many partners we are studying how to achieve schistosomiasis reduction through restoring natural predators of snail intermediate hosts.

Health in Harmony: working with the non-profit Health in Harmony (, I and other stanford researchers are investigating links between healthcare access and reduced illegal logging in Borneo, Indonesia and elsewhere. Recently, we've also begun to explore the planetary health impacts of COVID-19 on both human health and deforestation in Borneo.

Disease Ecology Health and the Environment: as Executive Director of Stanford's new Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment (, I am helping to build a growing interdisciplinary community at Stanford and beyond interested in discovering and promoting ecological solutions to disease that lead to improved human health and a more sustainable use of the natural environment.