Research Interests


Current Project


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Geography Department
McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada

Rose Eckhardt
MA Student, Health Geography


Supervisor: Dr. Lea Berrang Ford
Committee members: Dr. Nancy Ross & Dr. David Buckeridge
Health Geography Lab

Research Interests

  • Spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Global & local health disparities
  • Social determinants of infectious diseases
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Infectious disease epidemic modelling
  • International & interdisciplinary health/geography education

Current Project

An Assessment of Imported Malaria and the Risk of Autochthonous Transmission in Ontario, Canada

This project assesses the risk of autochthonous (local) malaria transmission in Ontario, Canada. The two key components of the project are a characterization of imported malaria in Ontario and an evaluation of the potential for local interactions between the malaria parasite and the mosquito vector.

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2010 MA Health Geography (expected)
McGill University, Montreal, QC
Thesis: An Assessment of Autochthonous Malaria Transmission in Ontario

2007 BA Geographical Studies
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Thesis: An Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Family Planning Awareness, Usage and Access in Senegal

Professional Experience:

2008 - 2010. Research Assistant.
SSHRC Grant on Environmental Change Impacts on Public Health in Canada. Montreal, QC

2007 - 2008. Research Coordinator.
Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

2007. Research Assistant.
Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

2006. Research Intern.
Groupe d’Etude de Recherche et d’Aide à la Décision (GERAD). Dakar, Senegal

2006. Program Associate.
Minnesota International Health Volunteers (MIHV). Nairobi, Kenya.

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant:

Winter 2010: GEOG 303 Health Geography
Fall 2009: GEOG 202 Statistics & Spatial Analysis
Winter 2009: GEOG 221 Environment and Health
Fall 2008: GEOG 216 Geography of the World Economy

Invited Lecture:

Global Air Travel and Emerging Infectious Diseases. McGill University. October 2009.

Papers Presented:

June 2010. Canadian Public Health Association. Toronto, ON.
Assessing the potential for autochthonous malaria transmission in Canada: An Ontario case study.

July 2009. International Medical Geography Symposium. Hamilton, ON.
A transmission model of autochthonous malaria in Canada: Examining the dynamics of climate change and imported malaria.

May 2009. Canadian Association of Geographers. Ottawa, ON.
Modeling re-emerging vector-borne infectious disease: The case study of malaria in Canada.

March 2009. Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas, NV.
The dynamics of climate, environment and migration: Modeling malaria risk in Canada.

March 2006. Association of American Geographers. Chicago, IL.
HIV/AIDS and social networks: Support, information and prevention.


McGill University:
Recruitment Award (2008)
Warren GIS Award (2008)

University of Chicago:
University Scholar Merit Scholarship (2003-2007)
Human Rights Internship Grant (2006)
Richter Fund Internship Grant (2005)


Contact Information

Department of Geography, 805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6

Last updated July 20th 2010