Research InterestDisease ecology, urban ecology, coupled human/natural systems
While urbanization is a growing phenomenon, on more local scales, the opposite process of counter-urbanization is also increasing. The causes of this urban abandonment are diverse but can include socioeconomic factors as well as acute events such as natural disasters. This is the case in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the legacy of catastrophic flooding following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina event remains on the landscape today. In New Orleans, heterogeneous population recovery has resulted in a patchwork of vacant lots and occupied homes. My dissertation research is focused on understanding the relationships between urban abandonment, rodent communities, and the consequent risk of rodent-borne pathogens such as Leptospira and Bartonella.