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Dr Dan WeissGIS Modeller

Dan Weiss is a geographer with research interests in computational ecology, species-environment interactions, and deriving biophysical metrics from remotely sensed imagery.  Dan’s primary role with MAP is to create and analyze the covariates that underpin various spatiotemporal disease models.  These covariates typically consist of large (i.e., multi-terabyte) datasets that characterize environmental metrics such as temperature, moisture, and vegetation vigor through space and time.  Such metrics are essential inputs disease models due to their relationships with vector (e.g., mosquito) ecology. Topically Dan’s work is focused on Malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) and human poverty, with additional contributions to research on topics including Ebola, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, Marburg, Lassa, Influenza, Plasmodium vivax, and Plasmodium knowlesi. For SEEG, Dan is principally engaged in the creation, processing, and management of very large (i.e., multi-terabyte) covariate datasets for use in modeling spatio-temporal patterns of human poverty and disease in Peter Gething's modelling group.


Selected Publications

Gething, P.W., Casey, D.C., Weiss, D.J., Bisanzio, D., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Battle, K.E., Dalyrymple, U., Rozier, J., Puja, C., Rao, M.P.H., Kutz M.J., Barber, R.M., Huynh, C., Shackelford, K.A., Coates, M.M., Nguyen, G., Fraser, M.S., Kulikoff, R., Wang, H., Naghavi, M., Smith, D.L., Murray, C.J.L., Hay, S.I. and Lim, S.S. (2016). Mapping Plasmodium falciparum malaria mortality in Africa between 1990 and 2015. New England Journal of Medicine, : 10.1056/NEJMoa1606701. DOI

Global Burden of Disease 2015 Child Mortality Collaborators. (2016). Global, regional, national, and selected subnational levels of stillbirths, neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality, 1980-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 388 (10053) : 1725-1774 DOI

Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 SDG Collaborators (2016). Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, : 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31467-2 DOI

Shearer, F.M., Huang, Z., Weiss, D., Wiebe, A., Gibson, H., Battle, K.E., Pigott, D.M., Brady, O.J., Putaporntip, C., Jongwutiwes, S., Lau, Y.L., Manske, M., Amato, R., Elyazar, I.R.F., Vythilingam, I., Bhatt, S., Gething, P.W., Singh, B., Golding, N., Hay, S.I. and Moyes, C.L. (2016). Estimating Geographical Variation in the Risk of Zoonotic Plasmodium knowlesi Infection in Countries Eliminating Malaria, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10 (8) : e0004915 DOI

Pigott, D.M., Millear, A.I., Earl, L., Morozoff, C., Han, B.A., Shearer, F.M., Weiss, D.J., Brady, O.J., Kraemer, M.U.G., Moyes, C.L., Bhatt, S., Gething, P.W., Golding, N. and Hay, S.I. (2016). Updates to the zoonotic niche map of Ebola virus disease in Africa. eLife, 5 : e16412 DOI

Moyes, C.L., Shearer, F.M., Huang, Z., Wiebe, A., Gibson, H.S., Nijman, V., Mohd-Azlan, J., Brodie, J.F., Malaivijitnond, S., Linkie, M., Samejima, H., O'Brien, T.G., Trainor, C.R., Hamada, Y., Giordano, A.J., Kinnaird, M.F., Elyazar, I.R.F., Sinka, M.E., Vythilingam, I., Bangs, M.J., Pigott, D.M., Weiss, D.J., Golding, N., and Hay, S.I. (2016). Predicting the geographical distributions of the macaque hosts and mosquito vectors of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria parasite in forested and non-forested areas. Parasites and Vectors, 9 : 242 DOI

Messina, J.P., Kraemer, M.U.G., Brady, O.J., Pigott, D.M., Shearer, F., Weiss, D.J., Golding, N., Ruktanonchai, C.W., Gething, P.W., Cohn, E., Brownstein, J.S., Khan, K., Tatem, A.J., Jaenisch, T., Murray, C.J.L., Marinho, F., Scott, T.W. and Hay, S.I. (2016). Mapping global environmental suitability for Zika virus. eLife, : 10.7554/eLife.15272 DOI

Battle, K.E., Bisanzio, D., Gibson, H.S., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Weiss, D.J., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Howes, R.E., Hay, S.I. and Gething, P.W. (2016). Treatment-seeking rates in malaria endemic countries. Malaria Journal, 15 : 20 DOI

Bhatt, S., Weiss, D.J., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Cameron, E., Bisanzio, D., Smith, D.L., Moyes, C.L., Tatem, A.J., Lynch, M., Fergus, C.A., Yukich, J., Bennett, A., Eisele, T.P., Kolaczinski, J., Cibulskis, R.E., Hay, S.I. and Gething, P.W. (2015). Coverage and system efficiencies of insecticide-treated nets in Africa from 2000 to 2017. eLife, 4 : e09672 DOI

Bhatt, S., Weiss, D.J., Cameron, E., Bisanzio, D., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Battle, K.E., Moyes, C.L., Henry, A., Eckhoff, P.A., Wenger, E.A., Briƫt, O., Penny, M.A., Smith, T.A., Bennett, A., Yukich, J., Eisele, T.P., Griffin, J.T., Fergus, C.A., Lynch, M., Lindgren, F., Cohen, J.M., Murray, C.L.J., Smith, D.L., Hay, S.I., Cibulskis, R.E. and Gething, P.W (2015). The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015. Nature, 526 (7572) : 207-211 DOI


January 2013 - December 2017 The changing endemicity and disease burden of Plasmodium falciparum At a time when increases in funding for malaria control have led to widespread scale-up of key interventions, our understanding of how P. falciparum malaria transmission, disease, and death...
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