Jeffrey Mariner, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Jeffrey Mariner, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Research/Areas of Interest: Disease Surveillance and Control,Management, Veterinary Epidemiology, Education, Capacity Building and Workshop Facilitation, International Trade, Disease Modelling, Participatory Epidemiology, Developmental Relief in Situations of Chronic Conflict and Political Instability, Vaccine Production and Thermostabilization, Animal Health Services, Community-Based Animal Health, Participatory Approaches


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Guelph, CAN, 2006
  • Doctor of Vet Medicine, Tufts-Cummings School of VM, USA, 1987


Dr. Mariner is a veterinary epidemiologist experienced in the leadership of disease surveillance and control programs. He is a well-respected expert, who has combined his in-depth laboratory knowledge, field experience, capacity building skills and epidemiological training to contribute to the development of more effective health institutions. His work emphasizes trans-disciplinary solutions that combine technical, social and economic perspectives. He began his professional career with the development of a heat-stable rinderpest vaccine that was utilized as the vaccine of choice in the global eradication of rinderpest led by the Food and Agriculture Organization. Subsequently, he became involved in innovative methods to deliver animal health services and surveillance to some of the most difficult regions of the world. His detailed knowledge of the field epidemiology of disease, infectious disease dynamics, and modelling concepts give him special insight into the development of practical and effective strategies. This experience was the subject of a recent review published in Science Magazine (Mariner et al., Science 337, 1309-1312).Most recently, he has developed a thermostable PPR vaccine.

Dr. Mariner's interest in and experience with community-based approaches to surveillance, privatisation and veterinary service provision within pastoral and mixed farming societies, in combination with his good participatory training and presentation skills, make him an excellent leader, organiser and implementer of programmes in the field of restructuring veterinary, one health, livestock production and marketing services. He has been closely associated with the implementation of health emergency schemes in Afghanistan, DRC Congo, Sudan and Somalia where he has advocated for developmental relief approaches that save lives while building capacity and reducing vulnerability to future shocks. He has been successful in building and leading several partnerships between international and regional organizations over his career.

Dr Mariner is fully acquainted with the disease situation in large parts of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. His professional experience includes work in Afghanistan, Armenia, Bolivia, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, DRC Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, The Palestinian Authority, Uganda, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Dr Mariner involvement in the Pan African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC) programme and later the Programme for the Control of Epizootics (PACE) lasted more than a decade.