A2C2 IGERT Graduate Fellow
Advisor: Kirk Maasch
1. Ecology of tick and mosquito vectors and vector-borne disease agents (such as Borrelia spp., Babesia microti, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Powassan virus, eastern equine encephalitis virus) as related to climate, hosts, habitat, and human behavior.
2. Modeling environmental spatio-temporal disease risk.
3. Disease risk communication through a One Health framework. The One Health concept is that human and veterinary health are tied to the health of the environment. With support from the IGERT program I was able to commission “Ecology of Lyme”, a surreal painting by Olaf Hajek. https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2017/09/14/elias-hajek-team-capture-complete-picture-ticks-lyme-disease-progression.