Thompson Lecture Series

In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.

First Lecturer of the 2015 Thompson Lecture Series

Christopher Barker:
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Center for Vectorborne Diseases Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology School of Veterinary Medicine. University of California, Davis. Chris Barker has studied the ecology and epidemiology of mosquitoborne viruses for the last 17 years, with a particular interest in the effects of climate on mosquito and disease dynamics. He applies modeling approaches that draw on rich field and laboratory data sets, particularly in California, to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms that drive virus transmission and to translate observable data into epidemiologically relevant risk estimates for human health. He is particularly interested in research to inform public health policy, and he works closely with public health partners at local, state, and national levels on issues related to surveillance and control of invasive mosquitoes and West Nile virus.

Monday February 9th - Wednesday February 11th 2015

General Lecture:
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Climate & mosquito-borne diseases: a complex relationship
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Science Lecture:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Climate-informed response to an invasion of the Asian tiger mosquito
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These lectures will be broadcast live at,

Group Photo with Ruth DeFriesGroup photo with Ulrike Lohmann of ETH, Zürich

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