Research Foci

Most of our research is focused on understanding what drives the temporal and spatial patterns observed in ecological and epidemiological data. We use mathematical, statistical and computational approaches, applied to a variety of biological systems. Some of the broad questions that we are interested in include

  • How does temperature impact the transmission, emergence and persistence of mosquito-borne disease?

  • Can we estimate cryptic disease persistence, and what are the consequences for understanding metapopulation dynamics?

  • When, and how, do differences between individuals and groups of individuals matter to our model predictions about population and community dynamics?

Mathematical Approaches

  • Nonlinear differential/difference equations
  • Stochastic processes
  • Time series analysis

Biological Systems

  • Arthropod-borne viruses, e.g. dengue, chikungunya, deer-tick
  • Vaccine-preventable infections, e.g. measles, pertussis
  • Hepatitis C virus