I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, where I am working with Prof. Jessica Metcalf, Prof. Bryan Grenfell, Prof. Gabe Vecchi and others as part of a new initiative to investigate the effect of climate and climate change on infectious diseases.
I recently completed my PhD (2018) in the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy program also at Princeton University. During my PhD I was also a visiting student at UC Berkeley working at the Global Policy Lab . Prior to starting Princeton I completed a masters in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, UK and hold an undergraduate degree in Physics.
My research interests lie at the intersection of environmental studies, epidemiology, economics and policy. I am broadly interested in how the environment and climate change affect health outcomes, both in terms of indirect effects on economic circumstances as well as direct effects on disease transmission, mortality or otherwise. I predominantly work with large observational datasets of climate and disease data. I am particularly interested in novel modeling techniques to combine statistical approaches for large data with the mechanistic models that capture our core understanding of nonlinear dynamic disease systems.
Email: racheleb at princeton.edu