2023 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Mentor: Erin Mordecai (Biology)

“Exploring the Effects of Land Use Change on Dengue Transmission”

Allie aims to understand how changes in land use and urbanization impact the transmission of dengue, a viral infection transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Dengue cases have been increasing rapidly in the past two decades, particularly in tropical and urban areas, but the relationship between land use change and disease risk is not well understood. Allie will analyze multinational time-series data on dengue cases and use remote sensing techniques to track changes in land use. By employing statistical models and machine learning algorithms, she will identify the environmental factors that drive dengue transmission. The findings from this research will contribute to identifying high-risk areas and informing effective control strategies.