Image showcasing the diversity of ectoparasites collected from a single bat (featuring Nycteribiids, Streblids, & mites)
Setting traps for floodwater Aedes spp., Tanzania, 2018
My name is Anna, and I'm a veterinarian with specialty training in diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease epidemiology. Currently, I'm an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in the Arboviral Diseases Branch. I've also been staying busy with the new 501(c)3 non-profit I co-founded (BAT HEALTH FOUNDATION), and I maintain affiliate status at my alma mater (Colorado State University).
Over the years, I've been fortunate to collaborate with and learn from some brilliant scientists and medical professionals from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of disciplines. These interactions have helped shape the lens through which I look at and think about pathogen sharing between species across time and space.
I ask questions about the transmission dynamics of zoonotic & vector-borne pathogens, encompassing topics like...
DRIVERS OF CROSS-SPECIES TRANSMISSION
How do anthropogenic and abiotic factors shape cross-species transmission?
Are spillover (anthropozoonosis) and spillback (anthropozoonosis) symmetrical processes?
WILDLIFE HEALTH INTELLIGENCE
How does stress in wildlife impact their susceptibility to disease?
How does climate change impact wildlife health and physiology?
VIRAL EVOLUTION AND PATHOGENESIS
How might a tripartite network of wildlife, invertebrates, and their shared pathogens inform surveillance and risk?
How does host-pathogen co-evolution shape morbidity and mortality?
How can diagnostic advances enhance our ability to monitor pathogen sharing?
Which samples can we leverage for minimally invasive biosurveillance?
Check out some ways we've been answering these questions in some of the papers we've recently published.