Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario

October 1 to December 15, 2014

Julia Metelka (http://thespatiallab.org) is a visiting scholar from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where she is working with Colin Robertson in the field of Geomatics. She received her Honors B.Sc. in Psychology and her Honors B.A. in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. Her current research involves examining the spatial epidemiology of Japanese Encephalitis in Nepal. Japanese Encephalitis is one of the most prevalent vector-borne diseases in Asia and causes many deaths per year. There are many factors that act on multiple scales that contribute to the risk of acquiring this disease. Human behaviours, population dynamics, land use and land cover change are all major components that are interrelated within a complex system. Metelka is analyzing this complex system using agent-based modelling techniques. Her end goal is to be able to inform public health policy in Nepal on methods to reduce incidence rates of Japanese Encephalitis.

Metelka is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies for the fall quarter and while here she is working with David López-Carr. They share interests in topics such as population health, developing regions, and land use and land cover change.