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Jay Levine


Co-Director Climate Change and Society Graduate Program

Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill

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Dr. Levine, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health joined NC State in 1984. His research work spans more than three decades and initially focused on arthropod-borne diseases and in particular Lyme disease. Dr. Levine has also coordinated studies focused on marine bivalves and shellfish safety, marine finfish, numerous veterinary health problems in companion animals, and ecosystem health. The work of his Aquatic Epidemiology and Conservation Laboratory focuses on some of the most imperiled animals on the planet, freshwater mussels and snails. Dr. Levine, his staff and students have been working to further our understanding of these freshwater invertebrates, develop new diagnostic techniques for studying their health and refining techniques that support their conservation and their captive propagation for the augmentation of remaining populations. Additional studies focuses on identifying the vertebrate sources of fecal waste in surface waters.

Dr. Levine’s is actively engaged in NC communities and has supported community initiatives focused on environmental restoration, stormwater mitigation and early childhood literacy. Since 2009, he has coordinated the Homework Haven (, a free after school tutoring program in South Raleigh.