I am originally trained as an applied physicist / climatologist. I obtained a PhD about climate variability in Sub-Saharan Africa at CERFACS and at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse in 2006. In early 2008, I moved to the University of Liverpool to study the impact of climate variability and climate change on the risk posed by several key vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Rift Valley Fever, plague, bluetongue, fascioliasis, haemonchosis and invasive vector species such as the Asian tiger mosquito. I am a polymath with broad scientific interests (computing, physics, climate and climate change, statistics, epidemiology, risk modelling, public health, tropical diseases…). Outside of work, I tend to massacre songs in pubs with my guitar. I also enjoy playing strategy games on line, among many other things.
Significant research outputs:
1 - Our work anticipated the northward spread of Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, in Europe and into southern UK.
2 - In collaboration with EU colleagues, we produced the first multi-model malaria climate change risk assessment in PNAS in 2014. This highly cited work is used by national and international governmental agencies focusing on climate change impacts (World Bank, WHO, UN bodies…) and the IPCC.
3 - In 2017 another study published in PNAS, using the Ross-MacDonald Ro model framework, showed that the climatic conditions related to the 2015 El Niño event favoured the Zika outbreak that had a large impact on Latin America that year.
4 - Our work also confirmed the impact of the 2006 heatwave on the emergence of bluetongue, a midge-borne disease affecting ruminants, into northern Europe.
5 - Our work highlighted that future climate change will become more conducive for the transmission of the sheep liver fluke, Fasciola Hepatica, in temperate regions of Europe and the UK.
- Impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases, past, recent and future trends, invited keynote talk, BAVP winter meeting, Cambridge, UK, 10-11 Dec 2018 (Keynote Speech, BAVP 2018)
- Climate change and health, a humanitarian challenge, 8th Annual Health in Humanitarian Settings Research Symposium, LSTM, Liverpool, UK, 13 Nov 2018 (Invitation to Speak, LSTM 2018)
- Impact du réchauffement climatique sur la santé: une vue d'ensemble, session 8, climat et santé, Journée "Climat et Impacts", Orsay, France 29-30 November 2018 (Invitation to Speak, CEA-LSCE 2018)
- "Climate Changes and Vector-Borne Diseases in Europe", oral presentation, XI European congress of entomology, Naples, Italy 2-6 July 2018 (Invitation to Speak, ECE2018 2018)
- "Climate change and vector-borne diseases: an update from the trenches". First price for Best poster presentation. NIHR HPRU in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections annual conference, London, UK 12 Dec 2017 (Prize, NIHR-HPRU 2017)
- "Modeling and mapping the risk of key vector-borne diseases under climate change scenarios" Drylands, Deserts and Desertification 2017, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boquer, Israel 6-8 Nov 2017 (Invitation to Speak, Ben gurion University 2017)
- "Modelling the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases". Invited seminar and lecturer for the summer school on public Health, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 13 July 2017 (Invitation to Perform, University of Bayreuth 2017)
- A link between environmental change and the 2015-16 Zika outbreak in South America, Contemporary issues in global health: the Zika epidemic, Queen Mary University, London 27 February 2017 (Invitation to Speak, Queen Mary university 2017)
- Invitation to attend the ISNTD festival. Barbican, London 23 February 2017 (ISNTD 2017)
- Changement climatique et maladies vectorielles, Scientific seminar, LSCE-CEA, Paris 24 November 2016 (Invitation to Speak, LSCE-CEA 2016)
- Did El Nino 2015-2016 fuel the South-American Zika outbreak, Zika virus workshop organised by the Wellcome Trust, London 27 September 2016 (Invitation to Speak, Wellcome Trust 2016)
- Réchauffement climatique et santé publique, vers une nouvelle géographie des risques, Press conference organized by AJEC21, Paris 29 June 2016 (Invitation to Speak, AJEC21 2016)
- Using climate information to forecast vector-borne disease risk, Scientific seminar, Earth Sciences Department, BSC, Barcelona, Spain, 24 May 2016 (Santander Travel grant 2016)
- "Modéliser l’impact du réchauffement climatique sur les maladies infectieuses vectorielles". Scientific seminar, CERFACS, Toulouse, France, 5 Nov (Invitation to Speak, CERFACS 2015)
- "Modelling the impact of climate change on human and animal vector-borne diseases". Mini-symposium "Current and future Research trends on Climate Change and Health" - Side event of "Our common future under climate change" conference - Pre COP21. Auditorium of Biopark, Paris, France 6 July (Invitation to Speak, Aviesan 2015)
- "Modélisation de l'évolution des maladies vectorielles liée au changement climatique". Rencontres scientifiques de l'ANSES: Microorganismes - Dynamique environnementale et effets sanitaires. Cité Internationale Universitaire, Paris, France 19 May (Keynote Speech, ANSES 2015)
- Climate Impacts of Solar Radiation Management Climate Engineering workshop, IAS, Potsdam, Germany, 9-10 March (Invitation to Perform, IAS 2015)
- Invitation to the 5th International Conference on Drylands, deserts & Desertification - Workshop to draft a concept note on Adaptation - Development options for dry land areas. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel 17-20 Nov (Invitation to Perform, Brandeis University - Ben Gurion University 2014)
- "Modéliser les impacts du réchauffement climatique sur les maladies vectorielles". Colloque Santé Biodiversité, Notre Santé dépend elle de la biodiversité? Atelier A - Le changement climatique induit-il une aggravation des maladies infectieuses émergentes? Lyon, France 27-28 Oct (Invitation to Speak, Humanité et biodiversité 2014)
- "Modéliser l’impact du réchauffement climatique sur les maladies vectorielles". International conference and International workshop on Climate change and health, Paris, France 2-3 Oct (Invitation to Speak, gis-climat 2014)
- "The first malaria multi-model inter-comparison exercise over Africa". Poster presentation. British Council Research Links Workshop: From climate Science to Climate Services for Society. Cape Town, South Africa, 3-6 March (Competitive Fellowship, British Council 2014)
- "Future disease risk changes & climate scenario simulations". The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD), Invited to sit in the Disease & climate change session panel, National History Museum, London, UK, 17 Oct (Invitation to Speak, ISNTD 2012)
- "Simulating infectious disease risk based on climatic drivers: from numerical weather prediction to long term climate change scenario". World Bank meeting "Reducing Climate Sensitive disease risks", Rockefeller foundation, Bellagio, Italy 21-25 Aug (Invitation to Perform, World Bank 2012)
- "Exploring the potential benefits and important uncertainties within existing climate information: Sources and uncertainties in climate information". Workshop "Addressing the climate information requirements of humanitarian and development policy-makers and community ‘end users’", Nairobi, Kenya, 25 Feb (Invitation to Speak, Humanitarian Futures Programme 2011)
- Concordat steering group, University of Liverpool 2018-2019
- Task and Finish Group, University of Liverpool 2016-2017
- Co-Chair of IGH Post-doc Association