Undergraduate courses

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases -”Diseases are mostly an ecological issue”. In this class we explore the ecological aspects behind the spread of diseases in natural populations. We ask how diseases influences ecosystem processes and how ecosystem processes influence disease spread. We discuss theoretical models, and empirical work in contact diseases (e.g., flu), vector-borne diseases (e.g., malaria, dengue, chikungunya) and zoonotic diseases (e.g., ebola, HIV, SARS). We emphasize tropical diseases and how biodiversity conservation is related to human health.

Graduate courses

Quantitative Ecology I (Ecological Modeling): In this class we discuss how to confront models with data. We cover a variety of introductory topics that include probability theory, statistical distributions, sum of squares, maximum-likelihood, Bayesian methods, categorical data analysis, mixed-models, and a little bit on the philosophical aspects behind statistical inference.

Quantitative Ecology II (Theory in Ecology): In this class we use both analytical and computational approaches to demystify classic and modern theoretical ideas ranging in level of organization from populations to landscapes.

Quantitative Thinking in Ecology (Topicos 2016): In this course invited faculty discussed emergent ideas in ecology from a quantitative perspective.