University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mosquitoes, weather and West Nile virus

Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz’s research focuses on developing and applying geographic information to determine how environmental conditions and changes in the environment over time affect the health of ecosystems and disease transmission.  She will discuss space-time models of mosquito populations and the public health risks from West Nile virus.

Ruiz is an associate clinical professor of epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Geographical Information Science and Spatial Analysis lab at the university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in geography and finished her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Florida. She has been particularly interested in how the environmental conditions and changes in the environment over time affects the health of ecosystems and in disease transmission. Her work has included spatial risk models of West Nile virus in people, birds and mosquitoes and Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tail deer in Illinois.

Ruiz’s visit is co-sponsored by  GHI, the Parasitology and Vector Biology Training Grant and the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.