Dr. Noam Ross
"Theory and data are the two sides of the scientist's coin. Computational tools let us bring them together to understand what causes disease emergence, predict where it may occur, and design the best interventions. At EcoHealth, our work spans from basic research to on-the-ground engagement to bring the best science to protecting the most lives and best conserving wildlife."
Dr. Noam Ross studies how the combined processes of changing wildlife populations, evolution of pathogens, and human activity lead to the emergence of disease. A computational and theoretical ecologist, he uses mathematical models and economics the predict where and when intervention can be most effective in preventing disease outbreaks.
Noam’s work has focused on understanding disease in complex, structured populations and developing tools to improve epidemiological models. For is Ph.D., Noam created a mathematical framework to model emerging fungal pathogens such as chytrid fungus in amphibians, white nose syndrome in bats, and sudden oak death. He also designed new computational methods for determining economically optimal treatments of these diseases.
Noam has also worked at the intersection of environmental conservation and business. Noam served as a consultant to organizations such as Wal-Mart, General Electric, General Motors, Stonyfield, and DuPont on corporate sustainability strategy, environmental markets and ecosystem services and energy efficiency. Noam developed and audited performance standards, performed market analysis.
Noam Ross received his B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Davis. He serves as a reviewer for Ecology Letters and Theoretical Ecology, and is on the software review board for ROpenSci. He is a member and instructor of the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry foundations.