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We study how human changes to the landscape and the climate drive the emergence and spread of vector-borne diseases, at the interface between the disciplines of ecology, evolution and epidemiology.

Our main focus are tick-borne diseases in the United States, including Lyme disease and human babesiosis. We also study mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus, Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, in the US and internationally. 

Undergraduate, Graduate and Experienced Researchers!

Summer Research Assistant applications for the 2024 Field Season are now closed as we gear up to begin our summer research. Be sure to check back next year for the 2025 Field Season!

Blacklegged ticks
Ticks over time

By informing mathematical models with empirical data from the field and lab, we aim to understand the long-term eco-evolutionary dynamics of tick-borne pathogens.

Risk map for Lyme disease cases in Eastern United States
Tick on the move

By analyzing historical patterns of emergence and spread of tick-borne pathogens, we gain insights into the environmental drivers and build spatial risk maps to guide prevention and intervention efforts.

View of a park on Staten Island with the New York City skyline in the back
NYC ticks

By studying how people shape the urban environment in ways that expose them to vectors and pathogens, we explore how the ecological and social factors intersect to influence human health.

Aedes albopictus mosquito
Urban mosquitoes

By examining how a city varies in its composition, configuration, and level of connectivity, we examine how the built environment (and use of the built environment) contributes to different levels of risk for Aedes-transmitted diseases.

As a part of this CDC-led initiative, we are working closely with partners across academic and public health institutions towards more uniform approaches and sustainable solutions for vector-borne disease monitoring, prediction, and control in the Northeast.

News

September 12, 2022

Scientists Are Mapping New York City Wildlife. And We Don’t Mean Rats, Squirrels or Pigeons.

New Yorkers, already living in the United States’ most densely populated city, are now sharing space with an increasing number of wild creatures that are good at adapting their diets and hiding places to urban environments. The city has been expanding its green spaces for decades, and now some 78,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands, forests, cemeteries, parks and community gardens provide habitat and food. So do nearby dumpsters, trash cans, back yards, vacant lots, sewers and abandoned buildings.