I am a Ph.D. candidate  in the Ecology & Evolution Department at the University of Michigan. My primary interest understanding the seasonality of infectious diseases, though I am broadly interested in various aspects of disease and population ecology. My current research focuses on trying to understand the ecological, demographic, and environmental drivers behind seasonal epidemics of childhood infectious diseases, namely poliomyelitis and measles. I am part of a large community of infectious disease ecologists here at the University of Michigan and I am jointly advised by Pejman Rohani and Aaron King. Myself and others in the Rohani & King Labs utilize cutting-edge statistical inference techniques to couple disease incidence data with mechanistic epidemiological models to gain insight to the population dynamics of disease.

I received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2009. While in Alaska I studied the population genetics and ecology of Arctic ringed seals under the mentorship of Brendan P. Kelly and David Tallmon. Curriculum vitae.

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University of Michigan
2044 Kraus Nat. Sci. Bldg.
830 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: bakkerma@umich.edu