David Rogers

Emeritus Professor of Ecology

Fellow of Green College


Research Interests

I am interested in insect population ecology in general and in the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in particular, especially the African trypanosomiases, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus and bluetongue.

Remotely sensed data from earth-orbiting satellites provide unique views of our natural world and may be used to describe the distribution and abundance of pests and vectors, the incidence and prevalence of diseases, and areas of conservation importance.

The same sorts of environmental data may also be used to describe the distribution of subsistence agricultural systems, human and animal disease burdens and the degree of human poverty/welfare in Africa. By understanding the constraints imposed by the local environment on human welfare (through crop production, human and animal health, access to fuel and water etc.) we hope to be able to prioritise interventions and promote appropriate developmental pathways. Like other animals, we humans depend on our natural environment; unlike most other animals we considerably modify this environment, and thus threaten its ability to sustain us into the future.

The impact of environmental and climate change on vector-borne (and other) diseases is a source of much recent debate. It is important to maintain a scientific approach to this very emotional subject; climate change may increase the impacts of some diseases, decrease the impacts of others, or have no effects at all.

Finally, I am interested in the development of spatial and temporal techniques for analysing ecological and epidemiological data, using both statistical (descriptive) and biological (mechanistic) approaches.Trypanosomiasis and Land-use in Africa (TALA)

Additional Information

Chair of the Steering Committee of the Emerging Diseases in a Changing European Environment (EDEN) EU FP6 project (http://www.eden-fp6project.net/). Chair of the Steering Committee for post-graduate studies at the Yeha Natural Resource Management Institute (YNRMI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (http://ynrmi.org/ ).



Email: david.rogers@zoo.ox.ac.uk



Selected Publications

  • Rogers, D.J. Randolph, S.E., Snow, R.W. & Hay, S.I. (2002). Satellite imagery in the study and forecast of malaria. Nature 415, 710-715.
  • Rogers, D.J. (2006). Models for vectors and vector-borne diseases. Advances in Parasitology 62, 1 35.
  • Rogers, D.J. & Randolph, S.E. (2006). Climate change and vector-borne diseases. Advances in Parasitology 62, 345-381
  • Tatem, A.J., Hay, S.I. & Rogers, D.J. (2006). Global traffic and disease vector dispersal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103, 6242-6247.
  • Rogers, D.J., Emwanu, T & Robinson, T.P. (2006). Poverty Mapping in Uganda: an analysis using remotely sensed and other environmental data. Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI) Working Paper No. 36. FAO, Rome. (http://www.fao.org/AG/AGAInfo/projects/en/pplpi/workingpapers.html)