Title: Environmental infectious diseases in relation to climate and climate change
Abstract: Climate change will continue to pose multiple threats to human health, including changes in the burden of infectious diseases. Rising temperatures and shifts in precipitation patterns may reshape the geographical distributions of pathogenic organisms and disease vectors, potentially placing new communities at risk. My dissertation examined how climate conditions influence two different environmental infectious diseases in the United States: Valley fever and West Nile virus. I created projections of both diseases in response to climate change throughout the 21st century using different modeling techniques. These projections will help public health officials create disease surveillance programs and mitigation strategies.