Environmental and social dynamics of infectious diseases in a changing California climate


Environmental and social factors are central to the epidemiology of infectious diseases in California, particularly those that are caused by environmental pathogens. Understanding these links can yield new evidence that supports more reliable projections of future disease in light of climate change, novel opportunities to prevent disease transmission through social and behavioral interventions, and new theoretical advances that allow for more reliable prediction in complex systems. Yet in many cases, the environmental and social factors that mediate transmission of pathogens between people and the environment are poorly understood, particularly in the context of a changing climate. Our group is tackling this problem, examining the environmental dynamics of infectious diseases including vector- and dust-borne infectious diseases in California and beyond.

Required Skills: 

  • GIS 
  • Programming (any language)
  • Computer Science
  • Data Structures/databases
  • Working with environmental data (e.g., meteorology; air quality; etc.)