Disease Dynamics Unit, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Emma's work focuses on how ecological, social, and epidemiological factors intertwine and interact to cause emerging epidemics. Using methods from mathematical epidemiology and ecology, she develops and applies quantitative techniques to examine the often hidden processes that determine disease emergence. Her recent work has included estimation of unreported Ebola outbreaks, inference into the dynamics of potentially zoonotic viruses within wildlife reservoir hosts, and development of algorithms to help identify outbreaks of unknown origin. Emma is particularly interested in how past and ongoing structural violence shapes disease dynamics--and how epidemiological methods can better account for and respond to the complex and varied social contexts into which infectious diseases emerge.