E&E Seminar: “Pathogen dynamics across scales: from climate forcing to strain diversity” by Pamela Martinez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
March 15, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Chicago, IL 60612
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Please join us on March 15, 2022 for a presentation by Pamela Martinez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Host: Joe Walker
The ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that influence the population dynamics of infectious diseases remain an active area of research of relevance to fundamental biology and applied public health. Temporal and spatial changes in infectious disease dynamics are difficult to anticipate due to the effects of environmental and climate drivers on the transmission of pathogens, and the complex diversity that these microorganisms exhibit. Using mathematical models, I will show (1) how environmental and demographic factors shape the population dynamics of infectious diseases in space and time, and (2) how pathogen and host heterogeneity may interact and interfere with intervention strategies.
Pamela Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and in the Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago and her master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on disease ecology, particularly in the impact of climate, pathogen diversity, and social inequality on infectious disease dynamics.
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