Kathryn Briger & Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
I am a population biologist studying the dynamics of the spatial and temporal interaction of infectious diseases, particularly as related to the control of disease in human and animal populations. I work at the interface of theoretical models and empirical data [or I combine the development of theory with pioneering analyses of large empirical datasets] to demonstrate how the density of a population and randomness, or disorder, interact to drive population dynamics in space and time. I am particularly interested in the evolutionary dynamics and control of highly immunizing infections such as measles and influenza. I study processes that occur in populations at different scales and how infections move through such groups of organisms, thereby helping in the control of disease in humans and animals.