I’m an evolutionary ecologist by training, with a focus on host-parasite interactions. During my postdoc, I moved towards applied research questions aimed at controlling insect vectors of human disease. Because of my experiences as a postdoc, I have become interested in the practical aspects of implementing vector control tools in malaria endemic areas. Currently I manage a cluster randomized controlled trial evaluating a new malaria vector control strategy in Côte d’Ivoire.
What I consider to be the common thread of my career is the question of how environment shapes disease transmission. During my PhD, my focus was on naturally occurring environmental variation and how that variation affects host-parasite interactions. Now my focus is on understanding how humans can modify our environment to better control mosquito populations and, ultimately, malaria.