Scholarly Interests

  • Quantitative Modeling
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Insect Vector Ecology
  • Vector-Borne, Zoonotic and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Climate Change Impacts on Health

I have been studying insect vectors and the diseases they transmit since I was an undergraduate in Venezuela.

The Chaves lab studies the impacts of environmental change on the ecology of insect vectors and the diseases they transmit.

We also study the coupling of natural and social phenomena in pathogen transmission, primarily looking at political, economic and geographic factors that affect the emergence and transmission of pathogens.

PhD, University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2008
MSc, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Ecology, 2003
Licenciatura, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, Biology, 2001