Elizabeth Carlton

Associate Professor




Elizabeth Carlton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is an environmental epidemiologist who studies the ways in which social and environmental conditions—from climate change to urbanization—impact infectious diseases. She is interested in improving surveillance tools for infectious diseases and identifying vulnerable populations and high-risk environments. She runs a long-term study of schistosomiasis in Southwest China - a region where the disease is targeted for elimination. Her research over the past decade has helped to clarify the impacts of climate change on water-borne disease. Dr. Carlton currently leads a research program using next generation genomics and field epidemiology to understand barriers to schistosomiasis elimination in residual transmission hotspots. Following the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, she has been part of a team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, economists and infectious disease modelers estimating the trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 in Colorado and projecting the potential impact of transmission control interventions on future course of this pandemic. Professor Carlton teaches courses on environmental epidemiology, the health impacts of climate change, and the social and environmental drivers of infectious diseases. She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California Berkeley, her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and her BS in biology from Yale University. Prior to graduate school, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Apply models to public health
Climate/environmental drivers
Compartmental models
Public health application of models
Spatial transmission patterns
Statistical models
Time-series models
climate change

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Diarrheal diseases
Neglected tropical diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States



Grover E, Paull S, Kechris K, Buchwald A, James K, Liu Y, Carlton EJ. (2022). Predictors of bovine Schistosoma japonicum infection in rural sichuan, china. International journal for parasitology

Buchwald AG, Bayham J, Adams J, Bortz D, Colborn K, Zarella O, Buran M, Samet J, Ghosh D, Herlihy R, Carlton EJ. (2021). Estimating the Impact of Statewide Policies to Reduce Spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in Real Time, Colorado, USA. Emerg Infect Dis, 27(9)

Shortt JA, Timm LE, Hales NR, Nikolakis ZL, Schield DR, Perry BW, Liu Y, Zhong B, Castoe TA, Carlton EJ, Pollock DD. (2021). Population genomic analyses of schistosome parasites highlight critical challenges facing endgame elimination efforts. Scientific reports, 11(1)

Buchwald AG, Grover E, Van Dyke J, Kechris K, Lu D, Liu Y, Zhong B, Carlton EJ. (2021). Human Mobility Associated with Risk of Schistosoma japonicum Infection in Sichuan, China. American journal of epidemiology

Buchwald AG, Hayden MH, Dadzie SK, Paull SH, Carlton EJ. (2020). Aedes-borne disease outbreaks in West Africa: A call for enhanced surveillance. Acta Trop, (209)

Pollock DD, Castoe TA, Perry BW, Lytras S, Wade KJ, Robertson DL, Holmes EC, Boni MF, Kosakovsky Pond SL, Parry R, Carlton EJ, Wood JLN, Pennings PS, Goldstein RA. (2020). Viral CpG Deficiency Provides No Evidence That Dogs Were Intermediate Hosts for SARS-CoV-2. Molecular biology and evolution, 37(9)

Buchwald AG, Adams J, Bortz DM, Carlton EJ. (2020). Infectious Disease Transmission Models to Predict, Evaluate, and Improve Understanding of COVID-19 Trajectory and Interventions. Ann Am Thorac Soc, 17(10)

Hess JJ, Ranadive N, Boyer C, Aleksandrowicz L, Anenberg SC, Aunan K, Belesova K, Bell ML, Bickersteth S, Bowen K, Burden M, Campbell-Lendrum D, Carlton E, Cissé G, Cohen F, Dai H, Dangour AD, Dasgupta P, Frumkin H, Gong P, Gould RJ, Haines A, Hales S, Hamilton I, Hasegawa T, Hashizume M, Honda Y, Horton DE, Karambelas A, Kim H, Kim SE, Kinney PL, Kone I, Knowlton K, Lelieveld J, Limaye VS, Liu Q, Madaniyazi L, Martinez ME, Mauzerall DL, Milner J, Neville T, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Pachauri S, Perera F, Pineo H, Remais JV, Saari RK, Sampedro J, Scheelbeek P, Schwartz J, Shindell D, Shyamsundar P, Taylor TJ, Tonne C, Van Vuuren D, Wang C, Watts N, West JJ, Wilkinson P, Wood SA, Woodcock J, Woodward A, Xie Y, Zhang Y, Ebi KL. (2020). Guidelines for Modeling and Reporting Health Effects of Climate Change Mitigation Actions. Environmental health perspectives, 128(11)

Dally M, Butler-Dawson J, Krisher L, Monaghan A, Weitzenkamp D, Sorensen C, Johnson RJ, Carlton EJ, Asensio C, Tenney L, Newman LS. (2018). The impact of heat and impaired kidney function on productivity of Guatemalan sugarcane workers. PloS one, 13(10)

Eisenhauer IF, Hoover CM, Remais JV, Monaghan A, Celada M, Carlton EJ. (2016). Estimating the Risk of Domestic Water Source Contamination Following Precipitation Events. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 94(6)

Head JR, Chang H, Li Q, Hoover CM, Wilke T, Clewing C, Carlton EJ, Liang S, Lu D, Zhong B, Remais JV. (2016). Genetic Evidence of Contemporary Dispersal of the Intermediate Snail Host of Schistosoma japonicum: Movement of an NTD Host Is Facilitated by Land Use and Landscape Connectivity. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 10(12)

Carlton EJ, Liu Y, Zhong B, Hubbard A, Spear RC. (2015). Associations between schistosomiasis and the use of human waste as an agricultural fertilizer in China. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 9(1)

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