I’m a biologist and computational ecologist whose research is mainly focused on relationships between people, climate, ecosystems and infectious disease. I’m interested in understanding the interacting social, environmental and ecological processes that shape the distribution and dynamics of zoonotic and vector-borne disease, and in analysing and forecasting how the risk and burden of these diseases is likely to be affected by a changing global environment. To do this, my work draws on concepts and tools from ecology, epidemiology and global change science, and typically involves synthesis and analysis of ecological, disease, satellite and climate data, Bayesian statistics, spatiotemporal and time-series models, and often maps.
Right now, I’m a postdoc based at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, between the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease and the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health. I’m also an active member of the Viral Emergence Research Initiative (VERENA), an interdisciplinary research consortium developing open data-based resources and approaches to understand and predict viral emergence.
I’ve been writing critically and journalistically about sound and music since 2008. My higher-profile work includes several cover features for The Wire magazine (most recently on the Quantum Natives collective) and µ20, a short book on the history of UK label Planet Mu. Some other recent collaborative work has looked at links between sound, politics and environment, including written publications, radio, and presentations at Cafe Oto (programme notes) and Unsound Krakow.
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