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Senior Scientist and Professor

South Dakota State University







Dr. Michael Wimberly is a professor of Natural Resource Management and a Senior Scientist in the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, and M.S. in Quantitative Resource Management from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology at Oregon State University. Before coming to SDSU, he served as a research scientist for the USDA Forest Service and as a faculty member at the University of Georgia. His interdisciplinary research program integrates ecological concepts with the application of satellite remote sensing, geographic information science, and spatial statistics to study environmental change and its effects on hosts, vectors, pathogens, and human disease at landscape to continental scales. His current projects focus on the identification of environmental risk factors for outbreaks of human West Nile virus disease in the United States and epidemic malaria in the highlands of East Africa. The results of this work are being used to develop improved tools for forecasting and mapping the risk of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Dr. Wimberly has also studied the influences of climate and land cover on geographic distributions of emerging tick-borne zoonoses, explored the contextual effects of natural amenities on physical activity and the prevalence of obesity, and conducted research on the causes and consequences of land cover and land use change in multiple regions of the world.