Ongoing Research Projects

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.

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.

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.

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.

Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN) Transect

Using NYC’s first camera trap monitoring transect, this project investigates how wildlife presence , specifically mid-sized mammals (mesomammals), changes across levels of urban intensity in NYC to better understand the city’s human-wildlife interaction and zoonotic disease risk landscape.