Hi! I'm Michelle.

I'm a post-doctoral researcher in disease ecology and public health.

I work in collaboration with colleagues in the Maladies Infectieuses et Vecteurs : Écologie, Génétique, Évolution et Contrôle (MIVEGEC) group at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in Montpellier, France and PIVOT, a health-system strengthening NGO based in Ifanadiana, Madagascar. My work focuses on using disease ecology to improve public health interventions and outcomes, specifically neglected tropical diseases and mosquito-borne diseases.

Current Projects

Social inequalities and disease burdens

How are inequalities in access to water manifest in spatial patterns of vector and water-borne disease burdens?

Geographic barriers to healthcare

At what levels of the health system do geographic barriers to healthcare exist and how can we reduce these barriers to achieve universal health coverage?

The role of super-spreaders in disease transmission

How can we leverage social network topology to prioritize disease surveillance programs?


PDFs that are not open access (indicated by the icon) are available to download for individual use.

  • Socio-ecological dynamics in urban systems: An integrative approach to mosquito-borne disease in Bengaluru, India
    Evans MV, S Bhatnagar, JM Drake, CC Murdock, S Mukherjee. 2022. People & Nature. doi:10.1002/pan3.10311.

  • Both consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predators impact mosquito populations and have implications for disease transmission
    Russell MC*, CM Herzog*, Z Gajewski, C Ramsay, F El Moustaid, MV Evans, T Desai, NL Gottdenker, SL Hermann, AG Power, AG McCall. 2022. eLife. doi:0.7554/eLife.71503. * Contributed equally.

  • Assessing temperature-dependent competition between two invasive mosquito species
    Evans MV, JM Drake, L Jones, CC Murdock. 2021. Ecological Applications. doi:10.1002/eap.2334. PDF.

  • Socio-demographic, not environmental, risk factors explain fine-scale spatial patterns of diarrhoeal disease in Ifanadiana, rural Madagascar
    Evans MV, MH Bonds, LF Cordier, JM Drake, F Ihantamalala, J Haruna, AC Miller, CC Murdock, M Randriamanambtsoa, EM Raza-Fanomezanjanahary, BR Razafinjato, AC Garchitorena. 2021. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2020.2501.

  • Land cover affects microclimate and temperature suitability for arbovirus transmission in an urban landscape
    Wimberly M, JK Davis, MV Evans, A Hess, PM Newberry, N Solano-Asamoah, and CC Murdock. 2020. PLoS NTD doi:10.1080/16549716.2020.1816044.

  • Reconciling model predictions with low reported cases of COVID-19 in Sub-saharan Africa: Insights from Madagascar
    Evans MV, A Garchitorena, RJL Rakotonanahary, JM Drake, B Andriamihaja, E Rajaonarifara, CN Ngonghala, B Roche, MH Bonds, J Rakotonirina. 2020. Global Health Action. doi:10.1080/16549716.2020.1816044.

  • Mosquito-virus interactions
    Reitmayer CM, MV Evans, KL Miazgowicz, PM Newberry, N Solano-Asamoah, B Tesla, and CC Murdock. 2020. In: J. M. Drake, M. Strand, M. Bonsall (Eds.), Population Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases.. Oxford Unversity Press.

  • Carry-over effects of the larval environment in mosquito-borne disease systems
    Evans MV, PM Newberry, CC Murdock. 2020. In: J. M. Drake, M. Strand, M. Bonsall (Eds.), Population Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases.. Oxford University Press. PDF.

  • Microclimate and larval habitat density predict adult Aedes albopictus abundance in urban areas
    Evans MV, CW Hintz, L Jones, J Shiau, N Solano, JM Drake, CC Murdock. 2019. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.19-0220.

    • Spatio-temporal spillover risk of yellow fever in Brazil
      Kaul RB*, MV Evans*, CC Murdock, JM Drake. 2018. Parasites & Vectors. doi:10.1186/s13071-018-3063-6. * Contributed equally.

      • Carry-over effects of urban larval environments on the transmission potential of dengue-2 virus
        Evans MV, JC Shiau, N Solano, MA Brindley, JM Drake, CC Murdock. 2018. Parasites & Vectors. doi:10.1186/s13071-018-3013-3.

      • Anticipating emerging mosquito-borne flaviviruses in the USA: What comes after Zika?
        Evans MV, CC Murdock, JM Drake. 2018. Trends in Parasitology. doi:10.1016/j.pt.2018.02.010. PDF.

      • Fine-scale variation in microclimate across an urban landscape shapes variation in mosquito population dynamics and the potential of Aedes albopictus to transmit arboviral disease
        Murdock CC, MV Evans, TD McClanahan, KL Miazgowicz, B Tesla. 2017. PLoS NTD 11(5):e0005640 doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005640.

      • Detecting the impact of temperature on transmission of Zika, dengue and chikungunya using mechanistic models
        Mordecai E, J Cohen, MV Evans, P Gudapati, LR Johnson, CA Lipp, K Miazgowicz, CC Murdock, JR Rohr, SJ Ryan, V Savage, M Shocket, AS Ibarra, MB Thomas, DP Weikel. 2017. PLoS NTD 11(4):e0005568 doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005568.

      • Data-driven identification of potential Zika virus vectors
        Evans MV, TA Dallas, BA Han, CC Murdock, JM Drake. 2017. eLife 6:e22053 doi:10.7554/eLife.22053.

Selected Presentations

  • An Integrative Approach to Mosquito-Borne Disease in Urban Areas (2020)
    Watch the video or read the PDF of my doctoral dissertation here

  • Embracing the Complexity of a City to Predict Dengue Hotspots (2019)
    A presentation at the 2019 Symposium on Integrative Conservation on how and why to apply integrative approaches to urban disease

  • Predictive Mapping of Vector-Borne Diseases (2018)
    A presentation at the MPE 2013+ Workshop on Global Change and Vector-borne Disease

  • Mosquito Community Composition Across an Urban Gradient (2018)
    Presented at the 2018 Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium on my work on mosquito community composition across an urban landscape and was awarded second place PhD presentation