Greetings! I’m James Martin, currently a graduate student on track for a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Florida. I’m a member of the Quantitative Disease Ecology and Conservation (QDEC) lab group headed by Dr. Sadie Ryan.
In a broad sense, I study the intersection of human activity, ecology, and the environment and what interaction between these spheres means for health. I’m particularly interested in vector-borne disease and the underlying processes which allow their continued existence and growth. My background in public health contextualizes the global challenges posed by vector-borne disease and my current training in medical geography has helped me develop a tool kit to analyze vector-borne disease systems with special consideration for the space in which they function.
Moving forward I hope to expand my knowledge of ecology and its linkage to health through mechanistic frameworks with the ultimate goal of understanding the causes of vector-disease and how these diseases might be successfully controlled in ways that do the most good.