Michael Robert

Assistant Professor




Professor Robert is a mathematical biologist whose research utilizes mathematical tools from subject areas such as ordinary differential equations, difference equations, optimal control theory, stochastic processes, and probability theory to answer biological questions in disciplines such as epidemiology, population biology, population genetics, and ecology. He is primarily interested in modeling the ecological, evolutionary, and anthropogenic processes that contribute to the emergence, spread, and control of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. He is also interested in the role that mathematical models play in developing, comparing, and optimizing disease control strategies and the experiments needed to test them. As a teacher, Prof. Robert incorporate aspects from his research and the greater field of mathematical biology to connect mathematical concepts to real-world problems so that students can connect course material that may seem abstract to applications that they may find relevant and interesting.

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López MS, Jordan DI, Blatter E, Walker E, Gómez AA, Müller GV, Mendicino D, Robert MA, Estallo EL. (2021). Dengue emergence in the temperate Argentinian province of Santa Fe, 2009-2020. Scientific data, 8(1)

Walsh CES, Robert MA, Christofferson RC. (2021). : Data Synthesis and Systematic Review. Tropical medicine and infectious disease, 6(3)

Walker M, Chandrasegaran K, Vinauger C, Robert MA, Childs LM. (2021). Modeling the effects of Aedes aegypti's larval environment on adult body mass at emergence. PLoS computational biology, 17(11)

Elizabet L Estallo, Rachel Sippy, Anna M Stewart-Ibarra, Marta G Grech, Elisabet M Benitez, Francisco F Ludueña-Almeida, Mariela Ainete, María Frias-Cespedes, Michael Robert, Moory M Romero, Walter R Almirón. (2020). A decade of arbovirus emergence in the temperate southern cone of South America: dengue, Aedes aegypti and climate dynamics in Córdoba, Argentina. bioRxiv

Benitez EM, Estallo EL, Grech MG, Frías-Céspedes M, Almirón WR, Robert MA, Ludueña-Almeida FF. (2020). Understanding the role of temporal variation of environmental variables in predicting Aedes aegypti oviposition activity in a temperate region of Argentina. Acta tropica

Estallo EL, Sippy R, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Grech MG, Benitez EM, Ludueña-Almeida FF, Ainete M, Frias-Cespedes M, Robert M, Romero MM, Almirón WR. (2020). and climate dynamics in Córdoba, Argentina. Heliyon, 6(9)

Robert MA, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Estallo EL. (2020). Climate change and viral emergence: evidence from Aedes-borne arboviruses. Current opinion in virology, (40)

Robert MA, Tinunin DT, Benitez EM, Ludueña-Almeida FF, Romero M, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Estallo EL. (2019). Arbovirus emergence in the temperate city of Córdoba, Argentina, 2009-2018. Scientific Data, 6(1)

Sarah A Cash, Michael A Robert, Marcé D Lorenzen, Fred Gould. (2019). The impact of local population genetic background on the spread of the selfish element Medea‐1 in red flour beetles. Ecology and Evolution

Robert MA, Christofferson RC, Weber PD, Wearing HJ. (2019). Temperature impacts on dengue emergence in the United States: Investigating the role of seasonality and climate change. Epidemics, (28)

Robert MA, Christofferson RC, Silva NJ, Vasquez C, Mores CN, Wearing HJ. (2016). Modeling Mosquito-Borne Disease Spread in U.S. Urbanized Areas: The Case of Dengue in Miami. PLoS One, 11(8)

Wearing HJ, Robert MA, Christofferson RC. (2016). Dengue and chikungunya: modelling the expansion of mosquito-borne viruses into naïve populations. Parasitology

Michael A Robert, Mathieu Legros, Luca Facchinelli, Laura Valerio, Janine M Ramsey, Thomas W Scott, Fred Gould, Alun L Lloyd. (2014). Mathematical Models as Aids for Design and Development of Experiments: The Case of Transgenic Mosquitoes. Journal of Medical Entomology, 49(6)

Okamoto KW, Robert MA, Gould F, Lloyd AL. (2014). Feasible introgression of an anti-pathogen transgene into an urban mosquito population without using gene-drive. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 8(7)

Robert MA, Okamoto KW, Gould F, Lloyd AL. (2014). Antipathogen genes and the replacement of disease-vectoring mosquito populations: a model-based evaluation. Evolutionary applications, 7(10)

Okamoto KW, Robert MA, Lloyd AL, Gould F. (2013). A reduce and replace strategy for suppressing vector-borne diseases: insights from a stochastic, spatial model. PloS one, 8(12)

Facchinelli L, Valerio L, Ramsey JM, Gould F, Walsh RK, Bond G, Robert MA, Lloyd AL, James AA, Alphey L, Scott TW. (2013). Field cage studies and progressive evaluation of genetically-engineered mosquitoes. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 7(1)

Robert MA, Okamoto K, Lloyd AL, Gould F. (2013). A reduce and replace strategy for suppressing vector-borne diseases: insights from a deterministic model. PloS one, 8(9)

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