Maya Gislason is a Canadian DPhil Research Student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sussex, England. She is undertaking research on the development of public health responses to newly-emerging infectious zoonotic diseases in the United Kingdom. In this research particular attention is given to the ways in which ecological systems are understood as relevant to population health. This work references the principles of Ecological Health and the practices of integrating knowledge about ecosystem managment and nature conservation with human and animal health protection. Themes in this doctoral research are borne of interests identified during her Master's research which looked at the Public Health Agency of Canada's response to West Nile Virus and was undertaken at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Maya's work is funded by scholarships of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.