Nick Skaff

Nick is a postdoc in the Remais group -- his expertise spans the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. In his dissertation research he leveraged large spatio-temporal datasets to identify the environmental conditions that facilitate or limit the transmission of vector-borne diseases. His prior work, using a range of statistical and machine learning techniques, examined how spatial and temporal heterogeneity in outbreaks of West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus are determined in part by extreme climate events, particularly drought and wet conditions, as well as the spatial distribution and characteristics of wetlands. Nick received his PhD from Michigan State University in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, and prior to that he earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Biology and Environmental Studies.