Sadie J. Ryan is an Associate Professor of Medical Geography in the Department of Geography and in the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at the University of Florida, PI of the Quantitative Disease Ecology and Conservation (QDEC) Lab group (www.sadieryan.net), and co-director of the UF Florida Climate Institute.
Ryan’s undergrad training is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BA, Princeton), with an emphasis on conservation biology, quantitative ecology, and particularly, disease ecology. Ryan’s PhD work (UC Berkeley) centered on African buffalo spatial ecology in their savanna environment, in the context of an epidemic of Bovine Tuberculosis. Ryan’s postdoctoral work in Anthropological Science (Stanford, McGill), Ecology (NCEAS) and Geography (UCSB), launched her interdisciplinary work looking at the anthropogenic impacts of land use change, climate change, and conservation management goals in African parks landscapes, and the role of socioecological systems in disease transmission in Africa and Latin America.
Ryan’s research is funded through multiple avenues, including CDC, USAID, World Bank, NSF, NIH, and DoD, supporting theoretical to applied research and training, with current focus on climate and socioecological systems impacts on vector-borne disease transmission and management in Africa and the Americas. Ryan’s team currently conducts research investigating the multiscale issues of health on landscapes, and interactions with land use and climate change, livelihoods, sustainability, policy, the urban environment, public health decision-making, and local perceptions. QDEC Lab is home to multiple projects in ecology at the human interface, from Florida to the global tropics.