I am an infectious disease ecologist. I recently completed my Ph.D. in the Ecology & Evolution Department at the University of Michigan. My primary interest is 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, measles, and chickenpox. A few of my additional interests include biological rhythms, digital epidemiology, transgenerational immunity, and vaccine modes of action. I was jointly advised by Pejman Rohani and Aaron King. Myself and others from 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. View my CV here. You can also keep track of me on my Google Scholar Profile. I tweet about disease ecology, science, and programming at @MartinezBakker.

Email: micaela.martinezbakker@gmail.com