I’m an evolutionary ecologist by training, with a focus on host-parasite interactions. During my postdoc with Matt Thomas and Andrew Read, I moved towards more applied research questions aimed at controlling insect vectors of human diseases. Because of my experiences as a postdoc, I have also become interested in the practical aspects of implementing vector control tools in malaria endemic areas.
I continue to work with Matt Thomas in my current role as the scientific project officer and trial manager for a large, multinational project funded by the Gates Foundation to evaluate a new malaria control tool. This project includes a randomized controlled trial in Cote d’Ivoire.
What I consider to be the common thread between the two phases of my career is an interest in how environmental context shapes disease transmission. During my PhD, my focus was on naturally occurring environmental variation and how that variation affects monarch butterflies and their parasites. Currently, my focus is on understanding how humans can modify their environment to better control mosquito populations and, ultimately, malaria.