Center for Insect Science
Office: Drachman Hall 206HH
Mail: Drachman Hall, Office 206HH
1295 N. Martin Avenue
Tucson AZ 85724
I am interested in the complex relationships between humans, pathogens, vectors, and their environments, and how these contribute to or interfere with the transmission of infectious diseases in human populations. My research focuses primarily on mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, zika virus, dengue, and chikungunya. Previously I investigated the infectious potential of asymptomatic carriers of Plasmodium falciparum in regions with endemic malaria transmission. Currently, I am working with Dr. Kacey Ernst in two main research areas: (1) the development of insecticide-resistance in Anopheles mosquitoes and its association with local bednet use and epidemiologic parameters related to Plasmodium transmission, and (2) factors associated with the density and age structure of Aedes aegypti populations in the Sonoran Desert region.