James J English
EducationUniversity of Arkansas
BiographyDr. James J. English earned his PhD in Biology studying Animal / Insect Population Ecology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has a diverse professional background including applied research in ecosystem preservation, insect ecology and vector biology, and Global Health Engagement (GHE) and research in Public Health Integrated Vector Control (IVM) including pesticide use. He has a history of working with universities, foreign governments, the US Military, Federal Agencies and Native American Tribal Governments. Dr. English has recently served the Department of Defense (DoD) as a technical advisor for arthropod-borne disease control and is the US Navy’s foremost expert in Integrated Vector Control and pesticide use education and training development. He currently works at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland where he serves as a Principle Investigator in USU’s Vector Biology Lab and Director of USU’s Public Health GIS Lab.
Dr. English has headed and assisted in development of programs designed to manage Malaria, West Nile Virus, Leishmaniasis, Chikungunya and Zika at National and International scales. He has worked as a Navy Medical Entomologist in the States and abroad under a wide variety of conditions including emergency contingencies and theatres of combat. While serving the US Navy as a Military Entomologist, he initiated and directed the US Navy West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control Program and has travelled extensively through the Americas, Africa and Eastern Europe to study and collect pesticide-use and epidemiological information on infectious diseases of military importance. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he assumed responsibility for maintaining ecological stability while initiating an IVM program for a large part of Iraq that included the control of infectious diseases by controlling sand flies that can transmit Leishmaniasis, mosquitoes that can transmit Malaria and snails that can transmit Schistosomiasis. Since leaving active duty, he has assisted WHO/PAHO, the US CDC, all branches of the US DoD and several Nations’ Ministries of Health in building programs to develop public health capacities in IVM and emergency control of disease vectors.
From 2013 - 2018, Dr. English served at the US Navy Entomology Center of Excellence as head of the US Navy’s Medical Entomology Training Programs, a position that included development and management of all US Navy Medical Entomology (preventive medicine) education & training. While there, he initiated a Global Health Engagement program to assist allied countries in building IVM capabilities. He continues his GHE efforts in his current position working at USU, where he also conducts research on a wide range of topics related to IVM and pesticide efficacy, and teaches IVM and GIS for Public Health Professionals. Currently, as part of his ongoing public health practice, Dr. English collaborates with Ministries of Health and Ministries of Defense to build customized public health programs that include training in all aspects of IVM, including the rational and safe use of pesticides within comprehensive and/or emergency programs. Dr. English continues to serve as technical advisor to the World Health Organization / Pan American Health Organization for issues related to arthropod-borne disease control and safe, proper, rational use of pesticides, and regularly collaborates with various Nations’ Ministers of Health in assessing programs and/or designing custom training initiatives for public health efforts worldwide.
Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments
US Navy Medical Entomology Education & Training Director
Technical Advisor, SME, Liaison to WHO / PAHO
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence
Dept. Head, Environmental & Sustainability Science, Lipscomb University
Assistant Director Notre Dame Environmental Research Center
University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Biology
US Navy Disease Vector Ecology & Control Center