Luz de Wit, DVM, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

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DVM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2010

MS, Conservation Medicine, Tufts University, 2012

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2019



I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Rohr Lab working on quantifying the net human health and ecosystem service benefits of controlling the major human helminth infections. I have focused most of my research on exploring the associations between zoonotic diseases and drivers of environmental degradation such as wildlife trade and consumption, land use and climate change, and invasive species. I am particularly interested in understanding the how and where of zoonotic disease occurrence in human populations and identifying potential win-win solutions that benefit biodiversity and human well-being. I enjoy working on socio-ecologically complex disease systems and on exploring how environmental and socioeconomic factors can affect the presence and spread of pathogens in the environment and among hosts.


Selected Publications

de Wit, L. A., Ricketts, T. H. (2021) Trade and deforestation predict rat lungworm disease, an invasive-driven zoonotic disease at global and local scales. Frontiers in Public Health 9:680986. Doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.680986


de Wit, L. A., Zilliacus, K., Quadri, P., Will, D., Grima, N., Spatz, D., Holmes, N., Tershy, B., Howald, G., Croll, D. (2020) Invasive vertebrate eradications on islands as a tool for implementing Global Sustainable Goals. Environmental Conservation. 47: 139 -148 doi:10.1017/S0376892920000211


de Wit, L. A., Kilpatrick, AM., VanWormer, E., Croll, DA., Tershy, B., Kim, M., Shapiro, K. (2019) Seasonal and spatial variation in Toxoplasma gondii contamination in soil in urban public spaces in California, United States. Zoonoses Public Health. 2019; 00: 1– 9.


de Wit L. A., D. Croll, B. Tershy, D. Correa, H. Luna-Pasten, P. Quadri, and A. M. Kilpatrick. (2019) Potential public health benefits from cat eradications on islands. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 13(2): e0007040.


de Wit L. A., D. Croll, B. Tershy, K. Newton, D. Spatz, N. Holmes, and A. M. Kilpatrick. (2017) Estimating burdens of neglected tropical zoonotic diseases on islands with introduced mammals to guide control and eradication assessments. Am. J. Trop. Med. and Hyg. 96(3), pp. 749-757.