Program Sponsored by: Ecohealth Alliance

Network Outputs

Peer-reviewed publications

Breen, R. W. B., Ghazaryan, A., Paronyan, L., Gevorgyan, K., Gevorgyan, H., Shcherbakov, O., & Olival, K. J. (2023). One Health Armenia: An Assessment of One Health Operations and Capacities. EcoHealth Alliance. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10094793

Breen, R. W. B., Hasanov, N., Ağayeva, D., Zeynalova, Ş., Səfərova, V., Saruxanova, S., Ismailova, R., Muradov, A., & Olival, K. J. (2023). One Health Azerbaijan: An Assessment of One Health Operations and Capacities. EcoHealth Alliance. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10048712

Breen, R. W. B., Urushadze, L., Sidamonidze, K., Chakhunashvili, G., Kekelidze, A., Chikashua, N., Natradze, I., Gabriadze, N., Pashalishvili, M., & Olival, K. J. (2023). One Health Georgia: An Assessment of One Health Operations and Capacities. EcoHealth Alliance. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10048350

Attaullah, Ali S, Javid A, Imran M, Khan TM, Phelps K, Olival KJ. Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes by residents in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan in connection with bats. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2022 Jun 4;18(1):43. doi: 10.1186/s13002-022-00541-9. PMID: 35659249; PMCID: PMC9166349.

Carlson CJ, Farrell MJ, Grange Z, Han BA, Mollentze N, Phelan AL, Rasmussen AL, Albery GF, Bett B, Brett-Major DM, Cohen LE, Dallas T, Eskew EA, Fagre AC, Forbes KM, Gibb R, Halabi S, Hammer CC, Katz R, Kindrachuk J, Muylaert RL, Nutter FB, Ogola J, Olival KJ, Rourke M, Ryan SJ, Ross N, Seifert SN, Sironen T, Standley CJ, Taylor K, Venter M, Webala PW. The future of zoonotic risk prediction. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2021 Nov 8;376(1837):20200358. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0358. Epub 2021 Sep 20. PMID: 34538140; PMCID: PMC8450624.

Thompson, Cody W; Phelps, Kendra L; Allard, Marc W; Cook, Joseph A; Dunnum, Jonathan L; Ferguson, Adam W; Gelang, Magnus; Khan, Faisal AA; Paul, Deborah L; Reeder, DeeAnn M; Simmons, Nancy B; Vanhove, Maarten PM; Webala, Paul W; Weksler, Marcelo;, Kilpatrick, William C. 2021. Preserve a voucher specimen! The critical need for integrating natural history collections in infectious disease studies. mBio 12:e02698-20.

Kading, Rebekah C; Kingston, Tigga. 2020. “Common ground: The foundation of interdisciplinary research on bat disease emergence.” PLoS Biology 18(11): e3000947.

Olival, Kevin J; Cryan, Paul M.; Amman, Brian R; Baric, Ralph S; Blehert, David S; Brook, Cara E.; Calisher, Charles H; Castle, Kevin T; Coleman, Jeremy TH; Daszak, Peter; Epstein, Jonathan H; Field, Hume; Frick, Winifred F; Gilbert, Amy T; Hayman, David TS; Ip, Hon S; Karesh, William B; Johnson, Christine K; Kading, Rebekah C; Kingston, Tigga; Lorch, Jeffrey M; Mendenhall, Ian H; Peel, Alison J; Phelps, Kendra L; Plowright, Raina K; Reeder, DeeAnn M; Reichard, Jonathan D; Sleeman, Jonathan M; Streicker, Daniel G; Towner, Jonathan S; Wang, Lin-Fa. 2020. “Possibility for reverse zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to free-ranging wildlife: A case study in bats.” PLoS Pathogens 16(9): e1008758.

Phelps, Kendra L.; Hamel, Luke; Alhmoud, Nisreen; Ali, Shahzad; Bilgin, Rasit; Sidamonidze, Ketevan; Urushadze, Lela; Karesh, William; Olival, Kevin J. 2019. “Bat Research Networks and Viral Surveillance: Gaps and Opportunities in Western Asia.Viruses 11 (3): 240.

Educational materials

Bats of Areni 1 Cave – educational poster developed by WAB-Net partners in Armenia
(link to high-resolution PDF version)

Conference Presentations

Kendra Phelps, Luke Hamel, Ketevan Sidamonidze, Lela Urushadze, Nisreen Alhmoud, Rasit Bilgin, Andrew Spalton, Zahran Ahmed Al-Abdulsalam, Astghik Ghazaryan, Nijat Hasanov, Shahzad Ali, John Neddermeyer, William Karesh, and Kevin J. Olival. (2022). Host and Environmental Correlates of Coronavirus Prevalence in Bats of Western Asia. A presentation given at the 19th International Bat Research Conference (IBRC) held in Austin, Texas on 10 August 2022.

Kevin J. Olival, Kendra Phelps, Luke Hamel, Ketevan Sidamonidze, Lela Urushadze, Nisreen Alhmoud, Mu’men Alrwashdeh, Rasit Bilgin, Shahzad Ali, Attaullah, Andrew Spalton, Mansoor Hamed AlJahdhami, Zahran Ahmed Al-Abdulsalam, Astghik Ghazaryan, Nijat Hasanov, Paul Bates, Jonathan Epstein, William Karesh, Tigga Kingston, Vincent Munster, Paul Racey. (2022). Bat coronaviruses surveillance in Western Asia (2017-2022). A presentation given at the 19th International Bat Research Conference (IBRC) held in Austin, Texas on 10 August 2022.

A poster presentation was created by Mr. Luke Hamel and displayed during the Global Union of Bat Diversity Networks (GBatNet) pre-conference meeting by Dr. Kendra Phelps on 10 August 2022. The poster was also showcased in the GBatNet network member section during the entirety of the International Bat Research Conference in Austin, TX.

Kendra Phelps. (2022). Collaborative Networks: What, Why & How? My Experiences & Lessons Learned. A presentation given at the Southern Africa Workshop: One Health Coronavirus Biosurveillance Towards Prevention, Preparedness, and Response held in Pretoria, South Africa on 29 April 2022.

Nisreen Al-Hmoud, Mu’men Alrwashdeh, Ghadeer Al-Zghoul, Amany Abdien, Kevin Olival, Kendra Phelps, Luke Hamel, Wililam Karesh. (2021). Understanding the Risk of Bat-Borne Zoonotic Disease Emergence in Western Asia. A presentation given at the 7th EMPHNET Regional Conference held in Amman, Jordan on 16 November 2021.

New Research Directions of Bats in Azerbaijan – Studying of Bat-Borne Diseases

Nijat Hasanov & Gülnar Guliyeva
Institute of Zoology, Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerbaijan

Bats – the only flying mammals, accounting for 25% (33 species) of the Azerbaijani mammalian fauna. Those have also been focused by the scientific community, zoologists, veterinarians, and virologists for the recent 20 years because of their assumed or confirmed role in the spillover of a number of new infectious diseases. Unfortunately, such studies are not carried out in Azerbaijan and the situation with the study of other bats diseases is not satisfactory. Thus, the national studies on bats on eco-, endo- and blood-parasites require at least an update, dating back to the 70-80s of the last century. This paper provides an overview of the potential or confirmed reservoir role of bats in a number of pathogens, the importance of research in this area and, in particular, the first research attempts in coronary studies conducted in Azerbaijan.

Link to full abstract in Azerbaijani

K. Phelps, L. Hamel, N. Alhmoud, S. Ali, R. Bilgin, K. Sidamonidze, L. Urushadze, W. Karesh, and K. Olival. (2019) Bat Research Networks and Viral Surveillance: Gaps and Opportunities in Western Asia. A paper presented at the 18th International Bat Research Conference in Phuket, Thailand. Link to slides

L. Hamel, A. Tseng, K. Phelps, N. Alhmoud, S. Ali, R. Bilgin, K. Sidamonidze, L. Urushadze, W. Karesh, and K. Olival. (2019) Western Asia Bat Research Network (WAB-Net): Promoting Bat Conservation, Disease Surveillance, and Capacity Building. A poster presented at the 18th International Bat Research Conference in Phuket, Thailand.

Olival, K.J., K. Phelps, N. Alhmoud, K. Sidamonidze, L. Urushadze, S. Ali, R. Bilgin, L. Hamel, and W. Karesh. Bats and Viruses in Western Asia: A Model for One Health Surveillance using Research Networks. A poster presented at the 48th North American Symposium on Bat Research in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. October 24-27, 2018. Link to poster

Olival, K.J., K. Phelps, N. Alhmoud, K. Sidamonidze, L. Urushadze, S. Ali, R. Bilgin, L. Hamel, and W. Karesh. Bats and Viruses in Western Asia: A Model for One Health Surveillance using Research Networks. A poster presented at 4th Southeast Asian Bat Research Conference in Bacolod, Philippines. August 6 – 9, 2018. Link to poster