Colin Carlson, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

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Dr. Colin Carlson is a global change biologist studying the relationship between global climate change, biodiversity loss, and emerging infectious diseases. His research program focuses on statistical methods for measuring and forecasting the global distribution and burden of neglected diseases (including anthrax, Zika virus, and helminthiases). As an ecologist, he is also broadly interested in questions about the dynamics and diversity of disease in wildlife; most recently, his work has focused on how to quantify the global biodiversity of parasites. Dr. Carlson is an advocate for open, reproducible, collaborative science, and frequently produces open source software in addition to peer-reviewed work in ecology, epidemiology, and global health.

Dr. Carlson holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socioenvironmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University in the Department of Biology.

Read this New York Times piece to learn more about Dr. Carlson’s work