Dr Colin Carlson
University of Maryland & Georgetown University
Dr Colin Carlson is a global change biologist, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow with a joint appointment at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University. His research concerns the relationship between biodiversity loss, climate change, and emerging infectious diseases; his work is often conducted on interdisciplinary teams with doctors, ecologists, geographers, statisticians, and social scientists. During his PhD work at UC Berkeley, he developed the first global map of two major emerging infections (anthrax and Zika virus), and projected the response of over 400 parasite species to climate change, finding that up to a third of parasites might be committed to extinction by 2070. His research since encompasses several cutting-edge quantitative topics in ecology and epidemiology, including the reconstruction of recent biological extinctions; the macroecology and diversity of parasitic organisms; the development of new tools for mapping tick distributions using tick-host network data; and most recently, the projection of dengue and Zika transmission risk in the face of global climate change.