Emily S. Acheson

Emily S. Acheson
Université de Montréal | UdeM · Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

PhD (University of British Columbia); MSc (University of Ottawa); HBSc (University of Toronto)
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montréal

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Introduction
I am working on my postdoc at the University of Montreal in spatio-temporal modelling of rabies, Lyme disease, and the Lone Star tick. More can be found at www.emilyacheson.com.
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - October 2020
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2013 - April 2015
University of Ottawa
Position
  • Demonstrator
September 2013 - August 2015
University of Ottawa
Position
  • MSc candidate
Education
September 2008 - April 2012
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Biology (Specialist), Environmental Science (Major), Professional Writing and Communication (Minor)

Publications

Publications (19)
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Arthropod disease vectors, most notably mosquitoes, ticks, tsetse flies, and sandflies, are strongly influenced by environmental conditions and responsible for the vast majority of global vector-borne human diseases. The most widely used statistical models to predict future vector distributions model species niches and project the models forward un...
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Background Malaria remains the deadliest vector-borne disease despite long-term, costly control efforts. The United Republic of Tanzania has implemented countrywide anti-malarial interventions over more than a decade, including national insecticide-treated net (ITN) rollouts and subsequent monitoring. While previous analyses have compared spatial v...
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Cryptococcus gattii emerged on Vancouver Island in 1999 for unknown reasons, causing human and animal fatalities and illness. The apparent emergence of this fungus in another temperate area, this time in the Pacific Northwest, suggests the fungus may have expanded its ecological niche. Yet studies that directly examine the potential roles of climat...
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The global implementation of malaria interventions has averted hundreds of millions of clinical malaria cases in the last decade. This study assesses predicted Anopheles mosquito distributions across the United Republic of Tanzania before large-scale insecticide-treated net (ITN) rollouts and indoor residual spraying (IRS) initiatives to determine...
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We compared 2 climate classification systems describing georeferenced environmental Cryptococcus gattii sensu lato isolations occurring during 1989–2016. Each system suggests the fungus was isolated in temperate climates before the 1999 outbreak on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. However, the Köppen-Geiger system is more precise and sho...
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In 2018 the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus bacillisporus (AFLP5/VGIII) was isolated for the first time in Chile, representing the only report in a temperate region in South America. We reconstructed the colonization process of C. bacillisporus in Chile, estimating the phylogenetic origin, the potential spread zone, and the population at risk. We perf...
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Background: Planetary health is an emerging holistic health field to foster interdisciplinary collaborations, integrate Indigenous knowledge, facilitate education, and drive public and policy engagement. To understand to what extent the field has successfully met these goals, we conducted a scoping review and bibliometric analysis. Methods: We sear...
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Background Planetary health is an emerging holistic health field that aims to disrupt the boundaries of unidisciplinary research by fostering collaborations, integrating Indigenous knowledge, facilitating education, and driving public and policy engagement. To understand to what degree the field has been successful in meeting this mandate, we condu...
Data
Maps of ‘admin2’ districts for a) the 2011–2012 AIS survey and b) the 2015–2016 DHS survey overlaid on mosquito habitat suitability map. The ‘admin2’ districts were used to clip buffer zones to their district boundaries. For the 2011–2012 AIS survey, 148 ‘admin2’ districts were provided by the Spatial Data Repository of the DHS program (http://spat...
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R script used to calculate average of habitat suitability pixels under each buffer zone. Description of data: This additional file is a Word document containing the R script used to extract the average mosquito habitat suitability values under each buffer zone. This file can be imported directly into R for use. (DOCX)
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Mixed effects logistic regression results for individual districts and regions for IRS applications. This table was too wide for the manuscript and therefore provided as an additional file. This table contains the mixed effects logistic regression results for individual districts and regions of Tanzania relating IRS applications to predicted habita...
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R script and steps in ArcGIS used to create mosquito net buffer zone layers for the 2011–2012 AIS and 2015–2016 DHS surveys. Description of data: This additional file is a Word document containing the R script and the ArcGIS steps used to create the buffer zones and clip them to their district boundaries. This file can be imported directly into R f...
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Moran’s I results for districts and regions for IRS applications. This table was too wide for the manuscript and therefore provided as an additional file. This table contains the Moran’s I results for the district- and region-level analyses on indoor residual spraying. Moran’s I analyses were conducted on both the model residuals as well as on the...
Poster
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Poster presentation for the Young Scholars Award at the Esri User Conference in San Diego in July 2017.
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While it has become somewhat overlooked over the past decade, the Husky Energy Courtyard's (HEC) tenth anniversary offers an opportunity to revalue the space and consider its current and potential roles at the University of Ottawa. Although the HEC is limited in fulfilling the intended original “boreal forest” and “open classroom” goals, it still s...

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I have been learning about climate data sources like WorldClim, MODIS, etc. and have learned that different sources average over different time scales. I need to use these sources for ecological modelling and GIS. WorldClim averages over 50 years (1950-2000). Would this not lead to insufficient capture of temporal variations in the climate variables over those 50 years?

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