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Quantifying human travel is key to understanding the relationship between human populations and infectious pathogens. Characterizing the ecology of many pathogens requires integrating data on humans’ interactions with environmental and biological systems, a goal historically limited by data availability. Increasingly, novel sources of data are available to quantify human behavior for millions of individuals. In this talk, I will focus on research using mobile phone calling data to quantify human travel patterns that are directly related to spatial disease dynamics.
Amy Wesolowski is a disease epidemiologist interested in understanding human population dynamics and spatial infectious disease ecology. She focuses on how we can use novel data sources to quantify human mobility patterns that are related to vector-borne and directly transmitted disease transmission. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. She obtained her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy.