Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology and Civil Engineering
Dr. Hugo Ochoa-Acuna is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at Purdue University Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and Civil Engineering with the environmental group. His research interests include environmental epidemiology, ecological risk assessment and modeling, ecophysiology, and ecotoxicology. He graduated from the University of Chile with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He later moved to the University of Florida where he obtained his masters degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the College of Agriculture and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. After his Ph.D. in 1999 he completed postdoctoral work at the University of Florida Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology. In 2001 he became an Assistant Instructor and then in 2003 became an Assistant Scientist for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Ochoa-Acuna has initiated an ecological risk assessment laboratory where simple ecological systems are used to determine adverse effects of chemicals. He teaches three professional/graduate courses: Veterinary Public Health, Risk Assessment of Contaminants, and Ecological Health and Wildlife Diseases.