I am a postdoctoral researcher broadly interested in the spatiotemporal population dynamics of infectious diseases, with a focus on immunization/mitigation strategies. My primary project at the moment is understanding what effect a vampire bat rabies vaccine would have on the dynamics and prevalence of rabies in Latin America (with Daniel Streicker). I have multiple other active projects including work focused on describing the seasonality of historical childhood disease epidemics in the U.S., and investigating the mechanisms driving those patterns, understanding the interactions between pathogens whose seasonality occurs around the same time, a global meta-analysis on the seasonality of infectious disease across 98 countries during the 21st century, and two projects interpreting and translating historical survey data into workable demographic data for utilization with mechanistic models of human disease transmission.
While I'm employed by the University of Glasgow, I am currently located at the University of Michigan. Prior to my grad work at Michigan, I earned two B.S. degrees from Michigan State University, one in Human Biology, and another in Zoology before starting graduate school at the University of Georgia. While there, I studied marine microbial ecology in Antarctica, characterizing the community structure of bacteria in sea ice and the associated polynyas. I became interested in mathematical modeling of ecological population dynamics, so I moved to Michigan and joined the Rohani lab, where I earned my masters degree and recently completed my Ph.D. If you know what you're looking for, scroll down to the footer for direct links to all page links. A page on my vampire bat research has been added!