Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the US, with approximately 30,000 cases reported annually. We seek to understand the processes driving the emergence and spread of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases at multiple spatial scales. Our research is tightly integrated across three themes:
EMERGENCE: By analyzing historical patterns of emergence and spread of tick-borne pathogens, their vectors and hosts, we gain insights into the environmental drivers and build spatial risk maps to guide prevention and intervention efforts.
ECO-EVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS: By informing mathematical models with empirical data from the field and lab, we elucidate the ecological and evolutionary processes driving human disease risk and strive to predict future epidemics.
EPIDEMIOLOGY: By studying how humans modify their landscapes and behave in ways that expose them to ticks and pathogens, we explore how the natural and human systems intersect to influence human health.