Visiting students work with Nunn Lab to develop agent based models of disease transmission

Graduate students Andrea Springer and Georgia Titcomb will be visiting the Nunn Lab for the next three weeks as part of an effort to create new agent based models of disease transmission. Led by Drs. Charles Nunn and Mathias Franz, the effort also includes Nunn Lab post-doc Debapriyo Chakraborty, graduate student Caroline Rusk Amoroso, and lab manager Alexander Vining. For the first part of the projects, the students involved will work together to learn and compare different methods and programs for agent based modelling, including NetLogo and R. The students will then continue to collaborate through the second part of the project where they will apply what they have learned to explore their individual research interests.

Andrea, who is visiting from the German Primate Center, and Caroline are developing models of fecal to oral disease transmission in wild lemurs. Georgia,visiting from UC Santa Barbara, is investigating how the properties of watering holes can affect ecto-parasite loads of mammal species that use the watering hole, and Debapriyo is investigating the co-evolutionary impacts of vector-host specificity.

We are looking forward to the finished products of this exciting collaboration!