As an interdisciplinary disease ecologist,  my research interests have taken me from the field in Montana studying rodent zoonotic hosts to studying neglected diseases worldwide in Panama and Africa.  For much of my career, I was focused on better  understanding disease transmission- how animal pathogens circulate in natural populations, and what can lead to their spillover to humans.  Currently, I am focused on understanding diarrheal diseases in developing nations, and how biological and sociological factors contribute to their persistence in susceptible human communities. I implement spatial and statistical approaches in this current avenue of research. My current work, and a decade of working on neglected tropical diseases, has increased my interest in  better characterizing how health disparities influence public health. Increased understanding of how socioeconomic and biological drivers combine to maintain infectious diseases in economically and geographically vulnerable populations can result in better informed interventions that may more effectively ameliorate preventable diseases.



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