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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Kathryn Berger

Dr Kathryn Berger

Research Associate in Disease Mapping

Kathryn Berger is available for consultancy.


2014 – Present: Research Associate in Disease Mapping, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK

2012 – 2014: Postdoctoral Fellow in Disease Ecology, Department of Ecosystem & Public Health,  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada

2012: PhD, Center for Vector-Borne Disease, Department of Plant Sciences & Entomology, University of Rhode Island, USA

2008: MSc, Department of Natural Resources (NASA-UNH Research & Discover Fellowship), University of New Hampshire, USA

2006: BSc, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, USA

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:
Mathematical Biology:

Research Interests

My broad interests are in disease ecology and improving our understanding of global disease dynamics, especially under projected climate change scenarios. I am particularly interested in the spatial and temporal aspects of infectious disease epidemiology and how they can be used to support disease models, as well as surveillance and disease control efforts.

The main focus of my research is to systematically identify critical gaps in animal influenza virus surveillance and potential for cross-species transmission risk, by mapping the geographic distribution of animal influenza viruses and the surveillance activities that monitor them. I have assembled a global database of known animal influenza virus occurrence, surveillance activities and information on potential for human-interaction for the development of a cross-species transmission risk model.


  • Disease Ecology
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Geospatial Analysis


Key Publications

K. Berger and S. Cork. Chapter 10: Climate change and vector-borne diseases – North America, in One Health Case Studies: Addressing Complex Problems in a Changing World. Eds. S.C. Cork, D.C. Hall, and K. Liljebelke. 5M Publishing. Submitted for publishing. (Anticipated publication date: December 2016; see 

Lewis NS, CA Russell, P Langat, TK Anderson, K Berger, F Bielejec, D Burke, G Dudas, JM Fonville, RAM Fouchier, P Kellam, BF Koel, P Lemey, T Nguyen, B Nuansrichy, JSM Peiris, T Saito, G Simon, E Skepner, N Takemae, ESNIP3 consortium, R Webby, K Van Reeth, S Brookes, L Larsen, SJ Watson, IH Brown, AL Vincent. 2016. The global antigenic diversity of swine influenza A viruses. eLife 5:e12217.

Zuliani, A., Massolo, A., Lysyk, T., Johnson, G., Marshall, S., Berger, K. and Cork, S.C. 2015. Modelling the northward expansion of Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) under future climate scenarios. PLOS ONE 10 (8).

Berger, K, Ginsberg, H., Dugas, K., Hamel, L. and Mather, T. 2014. Adverse moisture events regulate Lyme disease vector ticks (Ixodes scapularis). Parasites & Vectors 7: 181.

Berger, K.A., Ginsberg, H.S., Gonzalez, L. and Mather, T.N. 2014. Relative humidity and activity patterns of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 51(4) 769-76.

Berger, K., Wang, Y. and Mather. T. 2013. MODIS derived land surface moisture conditions for monitoring blacklegged tick habitat in southern New England. International Journal of Remote Sensing 34 (1): 73-85.