PhD Candidate, Katy Martinez, and her research were featured in an online article on the American Geophysical Union’s website, following the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting. Martinez’s research is building a numerical model that predicts areas in Brazil at risk for mosquito-borne disease outbreaks. Unlike other models that make outbreak predictions based solely on climate factors, Martinez’s model also incorporates how human demographics, such as the percentage of people living in poverty or how many households had a garbage collection service, impact the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. She hopes that taking human demographics into account will improve risk predictions, helping policymakers make decisions to stop the spread of potentially deadly mosquito-borne diseases.
Read the article here.