SEER Lab - University of Florida

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Welcome to the Spatial Epidemiology & Ecology Research Laboratory (SEER Lab). The SEER Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory jointly housed in the Emerging Pathogens Institute and the Department of Geography at the University of Florida. SEER Lab is focused on questions addressing the ecology and spatio-temporal patterns of diseases. SEER Lab research is focused primarily on bacterial zoonoses, those bacterial diseases that affect both animals and humans. More recently, SEER Lab has been working extensively on orbivirus transmission patterns with the UF Cervidae Health Research Initiative (CHeRI). Toward these research questions, SEER Lab employs spatial modeling and geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (e.g. satellite data describing the environment), and micro- and molecular biology as a tool set. SEER Lab-Geography, our GIS facility in Turlington Hall on the main UF campus, houses research staff, postdocs, and students. SEER Lab-EPI is a BSL-2 and BSL-3, certified select agent laboratory to support our research in the microbiology and molecular evolution of Bacillus anthracis. SEER Lab is focused on research and dedicated to training UF students, as well as international partners. Currently, SEER Lab provides GIS, spatial epidemiology, ecological modeling, and phylogenetics training across Central Asia, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Australia, and Botswana.