Shana Gillette

Affiliate Clinical Sciences

About Shana

Dr. Gillette is an assistant professor of risk communication in population health. Her primary focus is on the development of concepts, theory, and practice in support of One Health (integration of animal, human, and environmental health). She also studies how to best quantify the role of communication processes in quality outcomes for innovative, systems-based research. Currently, she is Co-PI and Co-Director of a five-year, $15 million USAID-funded program, Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change. As the Co-Director, she fosters interdisciplinary research collaboration and builds international research capacity in South Asia and Africa.


PhD, University of Washington, Communication, 1998MA, University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism, 1991BA, University of Iowa, Botany and History, 1986


Fulbright Scholar, Paris, France
Science Journalism Fellow, Science Journalism Center, Columbia, Missouri
Sorbonne. Certificat Pratique de Langue Francais
Spring 1988, Paris, France


Gillette, S.C. (2008). Risk Model Design for Decision-Making in Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Proceedings of the U.S. Animal Health Association’s Annual Meeting. Greensboro, North Carolina.Gillette, S.C. (2008). An organizational structure for a new communication environment. In D. Chavez & J. Absher (Eds.) A Collection of Fire Social Research. Portland, OR: USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.Giri, C., Zhu, Z., Tieszen, L.L., Sing, A., Gillette, S.C., & Kelmelis, J.A. (2008). Mangrove forest distribution and dynamics (1975-2005) in the tsunami-impacted area of Asia. Journal of Biogeography, Volume 35, Issue 3, 519-528.Gillette, S.C., Taylor, J.G., Chavez, D., Hodgson, R.W., & Downing, J.L. (2007). Citizen journalism in a time of crisis: lessons from California wildfires. The Electronic Journal of Communication, 17 (3,4).Taylor, J.G., Gillette, S.C., Hodgson, R.W., Downing, J.L., Burns, M., Chavez, D., & Hogan, J.T. (2007). Informing the network: improving communication with interface communities during wildland fire. Human Ecology Review, 14(2), 198-211.Gillette, S.C., & Lamb, B.L. (2005). Core competencies for natural resource negotiation. Environmental Practice, 7 (3), 155-1.Lamb, B.L., Taylor, J.G., Burkardt, N., & Gillette, S.C. (2005). The effects of urgency to reach agreement on the process and outcome. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 8 (3), 372-3.Gillette, S.C. (Fall, 2013) Indentifying the public health benefits of livestock-dependent, agro-ecosystems under climate change. Animal Health Research Review (AHRR) Special Issue: Animal infectious disease and climate change.

Research Specialty

Small Animal Exclusive/Predominant (including pet exotics) Wildlife/Zoo