Research Projects

Our research utilizes a variety of vector-borne and zoonotic disease systems in order to answer questions about the spatial and temporal distribution of disease. Some examples of projects are below:

Forecasting Chikungunya in the Caribbean: In response to the DARPA InnoCentive Challenge, we (Professor Joceline Lega  and the Brown Lab) developed a tool to estimate the total number, duration and peak incidence of chikungunya cases in the 2014-2015 Chikungunya outbreak in the Caribbean. We are working to validate the model on other diseases and other areas and will soon upload the tool here. 

Mosquito flight and dispersal: Through collaborations at the CDC, we are working to develop a model to test trapping effectiveness for Aedes aegypti, the primary dengue vector. This latter project involves both experiments to test vector flight ranges as we as mathematical models of vector abundance and involves experts in the UA Math and Entomology departments.

Climate and mosquito abundance:  Continuing work started as a Post-doc with Dr. Andrew Comrie, we are continuing to quantify the association between climate and health. With a team of ten researchers from the US Southwest, we wrote the chapter on Climate Change and Health for the Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States which provides technical input for the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

Spatial uncertainty: Current projects involve researchers in the UA Department of Geography and Engineering to investigate spatial uncertainty and methods to optimally visualize risk.