Rebecca Borchering, PhD

Rebecca Borchering, PhD

Faculty Member, DAIDD 2015-2016, MMED 2016-2017

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Biology
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

PhD in Mathematics, University of Florida (2017)
MS in Mathematics, University of Florida (2014)
BS in Mathematics, Arizona State University (2011)
BA in Philosophy, Arizona State University (2011)

About: Becky received her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Florida (UF) in 2017 and is now a postdoctoral researcher in the UF Department of Biology. She was an MMED participant in 2014, served as the ICI3D Program Assistant for the 2015-2016 academic year, and joined the Workshop Faculty in 2015. She uses stochastic processes to model pathogen invasion in novel host populations and is particularly interested in seasonal infectious disease dynamics. In one project, she used a spatial model to investigate how changes in resource landscape might influence encounter rates and pathogen transmission among consumers. Much of her current and previous work has focused on rabies transmission in wildlife populations, but her upcoming postdoctoral research will investigate dengue dynamics across spatial scales in Thailand.

Selected publication:

Borchering, Bellan, Flynn, Pulliam, McKinley. (2017) Resource-driven encounters and the induction of disease among consumers. Journal of the Royal Society Interface