Research Overview

Research in our lab integrates across disciplines to understand the dominant drivers of pathogen transmission in wildlife systems. While we are strongly grounded in epidemiological theory, we also develop statistical computing techniques to rigorously link our models with data that we collect from the lab and from the field. We seek to constantly motivate our field work and modeling with real-world issues of conservation, disease control, and pest control. Read more about our research projects here, or check out some recent blog coverage: here and here.

Diversity in STEM Fields

Our lab is committed to supporting the growth of student scientists from diverse and historicaly underrepresented groups in the STEM fields, including those who identify as ethnic, racial, economic, religious and gender minorities, and those from the LGBTQ+ community. We believe that our science and our society are improved by recognizing and fostering diverse perspectives.

Northern Arizona University

School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems


Cherie Briggs, University of California - Santa Barbara

Greg Dwyer, University of Chicago

Karl Polivka, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Piet Johnson, University of Colorado