Steven T. Stoddard
Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D. Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2006
M.S . Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2001
B.S. Biology, University of Wyoming 1999
I study the ecology of vector-borne disease, specifically dengue, a disease caused by mosquito-born dengue virus. I aim to understand the mechanisms that underly population-level patterns, such as pathogen spread, epidemics, and vector population dynamics. My approach is largely empirical, employing field, laboratory, and quantitative methods to derive important and relevant insights that inform disease surveillance and prevention efforts. I actively collaborate with researchers of varied expertise (including mathematical modelers, statisticians, field entomologists and ecologists, virologists, physicians, and others) and I am always looking for ways to best leverage the latest in information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve research efficiency, effectiveness and reach--especially in the case of field work (e.g., disease surveillance). It is my belief that such an integrated, highly collaborative, and technologically sophisticated approach is necessary to address the most pressing and relevant biological questions about vector borne diseases--as well as being a lot of fun.
personal web-site: http://dengue.ucdavis.edu/ststoddard