I am an associate professor at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. I am also a research scientist with Ocean Associates, Inc. in support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center out of Woods Hole, MA.
My research is in biological modeling with an emphasis on population modeling, infectious disease modeling, and distribution modeling.
RECENT & UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS
Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association Annual Meeting:
"Modeling the Effect of HIV/AIDS stigma on HIV Infection Dynamics in Kenya."
November 27, 2020
JMM Special Session on Advances in Modeling the Ecology of Infectious Diseases:
"Modeling the Effect of HIV/AIDS Stigma on HIV Infection Dynamics in Kenya"
January 8, 2021
JMM Special Session on Dynamics of Infectious Diseases: Ecological Models Across Multiple Scales:
"A Vaccination Model for COVID-19 in South AFrica"
January 6, 2022
Modeling Canine Distemper Virus
Modeling Feral Hogs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
I have collaborated with the National Parks Service at Great Smoky Mountains National Park to better understand key population dynamics of their hybrid wild boar population, inform their control efforts, and evaluate disease threats. My work takes the form of three modeling projects: a discrete data-driven metapopulation model , a spatial niche model , and a compartmental disease model. I use control records to estimate key parameters and each project integrates acorn mast data with detailed vegetation data for the Park to accurately model key dynamics.
During my appointment at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), I was a mentor for an undergraduate group of researchers from across the country. We studied canine distemper virus (CDV), which is a highly infectious disease that recently surfaced in several animal shelters. Considering expert input from veterinarians, we derived a compartmental model for the disease in a shelter environment. Data was used to estimate key parameters for the model and we considered intervention strategies that would avoid depopulation of the shelter if CDV were to be introduced to the system.