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Mauricio Santos, University of Chicago - Chicago IL USA
I'm a PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at University of Chicago, currently working with Dr Mercedes Pascual. I am interested in understanding the new challenges posed by urbanization for the control and transmission of vector-borne diseases. This theme is motivated by the observation that the growth of urban populations and a changing climate are two defining environmental challenges of the 21st century, especially for the developing world and for human health. Separately and synergistically, they can create new conditions for the spread and control of communicable diseases. In particular, urban environments introduce highly heterogeneous socio-economic and environmental elements that can affect the population dynamics of vector-borne infections and their response to climate forcing.