PASCUAL Mercedes

Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Biological Sciences Division
Période de résidence: 
10 September 2018 - 1st February 2019 ; Co-holder of the IRD/IMéRA Chair on Sustainable Development
Projet de recherche: 
Changing landscapes for the health of the poor: urbanization and the population dynamics of climate-sensitive diseases
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Urbanization and climate changes are two major transformations of the planet with profound impacts on infectious diseases, especially water-borne and vector-borne infections. In turn, a fundamental component of urbanization and development concerns land-use changes. I am interested in the intersection of these major aspects of a rapidly changing planet from a dynamical perspective on poverty and human health

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Mercedes Pascual is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. She is affiliated with the University of Michigan as a visiting Professor, and with the Santa Fe Institute as an external faculty. Dr. Pascual is a theoretical ecologist interested in the population dynamics of infectious diseases, their response to changing environments and their interplay with pathogen diversity. She is also interested in the structure and dynamics of large ecological networks of consumer-resource interactions known as food webs. Dr. Pascual received her Ph.D. degree from the joint program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at Princeton University, and a Centennial Fellowship in the area of Global and Complex Systems awarded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation for her research at UM. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been an investigator of the Howards Hughes Medical Institute.

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