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Lauren White finished her Ph.D. in July of 2018 at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior where she worked in the Craft and Forester lab groups. She completed her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and B.A. in Spanish in 2012 at the University of Virginia.
She is broadly interested in One Health—the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health—and its implications for the spread of disease. The goal of hrt dissertation research was to characterize how three different types of heterogeneity can alter individual infectiousness in domestic animal and wildlife populations: (1) host heterogeneity: variation in host behavior and susceptibility, (2) contact heterogeneity: sociality that affects community structure within populations, and (3) spatial heterogeneity: patchiness in resource and host density across a landscape.