Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division
Faculty, Entomology and Insect Science, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
Heidi joined the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2013. She received her PhD in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from Yale University in 2007 and went on to postdoctoral positions in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, the Division of Vector-borne diseases at the CDC – Fort Collins, and the UA Department of Geography. She is affiliated with the Entomology and Insect Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), and the Institute of the Environment.
Her research focuses on disease control through a better understanding of how the interaction among disease vectors, hosts and the environment affects diseases risk.The complex nature of vector-borne disease systems require blending field collections, 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.