Vector-Borne Diseases – Heidi Brown, PhD, MPH – University of Arizona

We find mosquito abundance estimates vary by location. In Arizona future estimates indicate mosquito season starting earlier and lasting longer.

Dr. Heidi Brown is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and control of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Dr. Brown’s goal is to identify human disease risk by modeling vector, host and pathogen distributions. The complex nature of the systems she works on diseases requires her to blend field collecting, ecological assessment, laboratory experiments, epidemiological analysis, spatial statistics, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and computer-based modeling in order to develop a more comprehensive view of disease dynamics. Current research areas include: West Nile virus, dengue, canine heartworm, valley fever, spatial epidemiology, and climate change. Learn more about Dr. Heidi Brown here.