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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology and the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  I am broadly interested in the ecology of infectious diseases, particularly diseases transmitted to humans from wildlife via the bite of an infected arthropod (e.g., ticks, mosquitoes).  Much of my research focuses on the consequences of human-mediated global change, such as climate change and human land-use, on the risk of exposure to parasites and pathogens carried by wildlife.  While I work on these questions in a wide variety of wildlife communities and disease systems, I am especially interested in understanding the effects of landscape change on the emergence and transmission of tick-borne diseases in the Midwestern United States and in East Africa.  I use a broad array of tools in approaching these questions, including molecular techniques, remote sensing, and theoretical modeling

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