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Dr Aaron Jenkins

Research Fellow

Staff Member Details

Aaron is a Senior Research Fellow within the School of Science.


  • 2017 – Present: Edith Cowan University, School of Sciences, Perth, Western Australia. Research Fellow in Planetary Health
  • 2013 – 2017: Edith Cowan University, School of Sciences, Perth, Western Australia. Assistant lecturer, Aquatic ecologist & Doctoral candidate
  • 2011 – Present: Integrated Conservation & Development consultant, South Pacific Region. Senior Technical advisor & project manager
  • 1999 – 2011: Wetlands International – Oceania, Canberra, Australia & Suva, Fiji. Senior Program Manager
  • 2002 – 2011: University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji. Assistant lecturer, adjunct researcher
  • 1998 – 1999: New England Biolabs Foundation, Perth, Australia & Madang, Papua New Guinea. Coral reef & Aquatic ecology consultant
  • 1998 – 1999: Western Australian Museum, Perth, Australia. Taxonomist in Department of Aquatic Zoology
  • 1996 – 1997: Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea. Research fellow – Coral reef & Aquatic ecology
  • 1997: Village Development Trust, Lae, Papua New Guinea. Aquatic ecology consultant
  • 1997: World Wildlife Fund, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. Environmental Coordinator for Kikori Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP)
  • 1997: University of Papua New Guinea, Madang, Papua New Guinea . Lecturer

Professional Memberships

  • 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)
  • Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species Scientific Council (Fiji advisor)
  • Species Survival Commission (Oceania co-chair Freshwater specialist group)
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors
  • National Wetlands Committee of Fiji (founding member)
  • Protected Areas Committee of Fiji (founding member)
  • Fiji Communicable Disease Committee (Fiji)

Awards and Recognition

  • November 2019 – AUD 4,100,000 - Korea International Cooperation Agency – Fiji Government Water Quality Testing Laboratory - Suva, Fiji – Capacity Development Plan
  • February 2019 – AUD 150, 654 - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Describing the nested micro-ecology of sediment associated biofilms in high typhoid incidence hydrological networks.
  • February 2019 – AUD 150, 654 - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Impact of Salmonella Typhi genome structure upon survival in water.
  • February 2019 – AUD 150, 654 - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Deciphering Salmonella Typhi interactions contributing to persistence within the water microbial community.
  • November 2018 – AUD 53, 000 – Wellcome Trust - Oceania Planetary Health Forum – Strengthening Partnerships for Nature and Human Health.
  • October 2018 – AUD 2,780,000 - Bloomberg Philanthropies -Vibrant Reefs (Fiji): Reducing land-based impacts on coral reefs through catchment management.
  • July 2018 – AUD 2,001,000 – Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Stronger Systems for Health Security - Securing health in Fiji through strengthened health systems and integrated water management to tackle the Three Plagues: typhoid, dengue and leptospirosis.
  • April 2018 – AUD 35,000 - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Symposium at EcoHealth Cali: Socio-ecological foundations of persistence and fate of enteric pathogens in the environment
  • September 2017 – AUD 9124 - University of Sydney - Harvard Mobility Scheme - Developing (U Sydney -Harvard) research and teaching collaboration in Planetary Health
  • August 2017 – AUD 20, 000 - Marie Bashir Institute Seed Funding - Pilot investigation of zoonotic TB contribution to tuberculosis among people and cattle in Fiji
  • June 2017 – AUD 6270 - Edith Cowan University Collaborative Enhancement Scheme - Enhancing research collaborations at the nexus of ecology and human health.
  • October 2015 – AUD 348, 228 – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Studies on typhoid epidemiology and prevention in Fiji.
  • February 2015 – AUD 27, 800 – UNICEF – Strengthening evidence for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions: a pilot program of Typhoid Epidemiology and Prevention in Fiji.
  • March 2014 – AUD 37, 500 – Edith Cowan University/Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (WCS) Foundational aspects of a research collaboration on health, water & landscapes: a database and a learning network.
  • December 2012 – AUD 91, 000 – Australian Postgraduate Research Award for doctoral research on“Fijian floods, feces & fishes: exploring common determinants of typhoid resurgence & food fish decline in Pacific island river basins.”
  • February 2011 – Wetlands International Award for “Outstanding contributions to science and its application to wetlands conservation.”
  • September 2010 – AUD 45, 500 – Wetlands International – Managing biosecurity risks of exotic fish introductions to Pacific Island wetland ecosystems.
  • September 2010 – AUD 213, 000 – Netherlands Directorate General of Development Co-operation - Wetlands, Human Health and Food Security in Pacific Islands - interrelationships between ecological integrity and human health in selected major wetland types of the Pacific Islands region.
  • January 2008 – AUD 1,700, 000 – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation & David and Lucile Packard Foundation – for Phase 2 of An Ecosystem-Based Approach for Managing Tropical Coastal Ecosystems in Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra World Heritage Seascape.
  • November 2005 – AUD 1, 700,000 – an anonymous donor for a Holistic Approach to Development on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea: Reproductive/Sexual Health, Environment and Community Mobilization. (through Alternate Visions LLC, Pathfinder International and PNG Ministry of Social Development)
  • March 2005 – AUD 1,700, 000 – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation & David and Lucile Packard Foundation – An Ecosystem-Based Approach for Managing Tropical Coastal Ecosystems in Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra World Heritage Seascape.
  • April 2004 – AUD 280, 000 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – to strengthen local capacity to assess, monitor, and manage coastal and freshwater systems in Melanesia.
  • January 2002 – AUD 60, 000– The Natural Heritage Trust – to develop and deliver wetland and water ecology training in Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands for government and NGO wetland managers.
  • July 2001 – AUD 240, 000 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – to facilitate the development of a socially and ecologically sustainable network of locally managed protected areas for the Mamose region of the north coast Papua New Guinea.
  • April 2000 – AUD 18, 500 – World Wildlife Fund – to assist in the development of integrated conservation programs for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
  • August 1999 – AUD 50, 000 ­–Commonwealth of Australia –for Ramsar Convention promotion in the Pacific Islands region.
  • August 1999 – AUD 50,000– ­for building capacity for freshwater quality and resource inventory in two Pacific Island countries, Papua New Guinea and Federated States of Micronesia.
  • June 1999 – AUD 15, 000 – Natural Heritage Trust: for developing community monitoring protocols for the Corner Inlet Ramsar site, Victoria, Australia.
  • November 1998 – AUD 20, 200 – New England Biolabs Foundation - toreinvigorate community conservation initiatives on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea and facilitate reserve establishment.
  • June 1997 – AUD 18, 600– World Wildlife Fund: for developing and implementing a community-based management scheme for sustainable fisheries in Lake Kutubu, Papua New Guinea and facilitating the establishment of the Wasi Falls Wildlife Management Area.
  • October 1996– AUD 16, 700 – New England Biolabs Foundation ­­– for training a Papua New Guinean marine and freshwater conservation biologist.

Research Areas and Interests

Crosscutting development themes including:

  • Wetland management for health, nutrition and climate change mitigation, WASH and waterborne disease management
  • Intersections of climate change, natural disasters, land and water management on health and sustainable fisheries


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2017.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • McFarlane, R., Horwitz, P., Arabena, K., Capon, A., Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Negin, J., Parkes, M., Saketa, S., (2019), Ecosystem services for human health in Oceania. Ecosystem Services: science, policy and pratice, 39(October 2019), Article Number 100976, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100976.
  • Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Jenney, A., Rosa, V., Naucukidi, A., Prasad, N., Vosaki, G., Mulholland, K., Strugnell, R., Kama, M., Crump, J., Horwitz, P., (2019), Environmental foundations of typhoid fever in the Fijian residential setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(13), Article number 2407, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16132407.
  • Brito, I., Gurry, T., Zhao, S., Huang, K., Young, S., Shea, T., Naisilisili, W., Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Gevers, D., Alm, E., (2019), Transmission of human-associated microbiota along family and social networks. Nature Microbiology, 4(6), 964-971, DOI: 10.1038/s41564-019-0409-6.
  • Prasad, N., Jenkins, A., Naucukidi, L., Rosa, V., Sahu-Khan, A., Kama, M., Jenkins, K., Jenney, A., Jack, S., Saha, D., Horwitz, P., Jupiter, S., Strugnell, R., Mulholland, K., Crump, J., (2018), Epidemiology and risk factors for typhoid fever in Central Division, Fiji, 2014 – 2017: A case-control study. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(6), article no.e0006571, DOI:
  • Jenkins, A., Horwitz, P., Arabena, K., (2018), My island home: Place-based integration of conservation and public health in Oceania. Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science, 45(2), 125-136, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0376892918000061.
  • Buse, C., Oestreicher, J., Ellis, N., Patrick, R., Brisbois, B., Jenkins, A., McKellar, K., Kingsley, J., Gislason, M., Galway, L., McFarlane, R., Walker, J., Frumkin, H., Parkes, M., (2018), Public health guide to field developments linking ecosystems, environments and health in the Anthropocene. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 72(5), 420-425, DOI: 10.1136/jech-2017-210082.
  • Oestreicher, J., Buse, C., Brisbois, B., Patrick, R., Jenkins, A., Kingsley, J., T├ívora, R., Fatorelli, L., (2018), Where ecosystems, people and health meet: Academic traditions and emerging fields for research and practice. Sustentabilidade em Debate, 9(1), 45-65, DOI: 10.18472/SustDeb.v9n1.2018.28258.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12955.
  • Jenkins, A., Jupiter, S., Mueller, U., Jenney, A., Vosaki, G., Rosa, V., Naucukidi, A., Mulholland, K., Strugnell, R., Kama, M., Horwitz, P., (2016), Health at the sub-catchment scale: Typhoid & its environmental determinants in Central Division, Fiji. Ecohealth, 13(4), 633-651, New York, USA, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10393-016-1152-6.
  • Copeland, LK., Boseto, DT., Jenkins, A., (2016), Freshwater ichthyofauna of the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA) Gateway in Viti Levu, Fiji. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(3), 236-241, Surrey Beatty and Sons Pty Ltd, DOI: 10.1071/PC14928.
  • Brito, I., Yilmaz, S., Huang, K., Xu, L., Jupiter, S., Jenkins, A., Naisilisili, W., Tamminen, M., Smillie, C., Wortman, J., Birren, B., Xavier, R., Blainey, P., Singh, A., Gevers, D., Alm, E., (2016), Mobile genes in the human microbiome are structured from global to individual scales. Nature, 535(7612), 435-439, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/nature18927.
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