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Spatial Epidemiology and Disease Ecology

Genetic relatedness of deer populations can have an impact on their susceptibility for contracting disease. The Fst values among these populations of deer in northern Illinois help to determine how their genetic structure is related to Chronic Wasting Disease.

Genetic relatedness of deer populations can have an impact on their susceptibility for contracting disease. The Fst values among these populations of deer in northern Illinois help to determine how their genetic structure is related to Chronic Wasting Disease.

The Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) lab is located in the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Illinois. The mission of GISSA is to apply Geographic Information Science (GISci) to improve the health of people, animals and the environment.

What we do:

  • Spatial epidemiology, models and statistical analysis for complex and dynamic systems
  • Spatiotemporal data development to increase spatial intelligence
  • Community mapping and implementation of spatial sciences for public health
  • Education and training in GISci
  • Data collection, surveys, and sampling design with mobile applications, data loggers, and in-person investigations

Tick borne

Spatial and temporal risk of disease

Models built on statistical analyses that take into 
account disease processes and the environmental and social differences across time and 
 Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases are of particular interest.


MIR

Weather, water and health

The effects of variable temperature and precipitation on health 
events of people and animals with a special focus on water resources.


Water Well Depths

Geographic Information Science for public health

The implementation of health 
informatics with a spatial component for use by local health departments and other agencies.


Brownfields Near Residential

Dynamic urban environments and neighborhood health

The complexities of 
interactions between people, animals and arthropod vectors that influence how 
neighborhoods influence the health of residents.


corridor analysis

Movement patterns of people and animals

Measuring and modeling the space-time 
dimensions of human and animal migration, circulation and interaction.

Robin Tracking