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I use GIS and spatial analysis to map and model many different phenomena across space and time. Much of my work concerns issues related to human health either indirectly through examining threats to food supply (via crop pests and crop diseases) or more directly via disease, mobility and health care accessibility. I use GIS to understand the ecology of disease at different spatial and temporal scales and connectivity between locations using novel data sources such as news feeds and social media microblogs.
GIS, Spatial Analysis
Spatial and temporal ecology of disease
Novel Data Sources
Taber, E.D., Hutchinson, M.L., Smithwick, E.A.H. & Blanford, J.I. (in press) A Decade of Colonization: The spread of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in Pennsylvania and implications for disease risk. Journal of Vector Ecology.
Logan, J.J., Jolly, A.M., Blanford, J.I. (2016) The Sociospatial Network: Risk and the role of place in the transmission of infectious diseases. PlosOne
Blanford, J.I., Huang, Z., Savelyev, A. and MacEachren, A.M. (2015) Geo-located tweets. Enhancing mobility maps and capturing cross-border movement. PlosOne
Blanford, J.I., Bernhardt, J., Savelyev, A., Wong-Parodi, G., Carleton, A.M., Titley, D.W. and MacEachren, A.M. (2014) Tweeting and Tornadoes. Presented at 11th International ISCRAM Conference Proceedings, May 19-21.
Paaijmans, K.P., Blanford, J.I., Crane, R.G., Mann, M.E., Ning, L., Schreiber, K.V. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Downscaling reveals diverse effects of anthropogenic climate warming on the potential for local environments to support malaria transmission. Climatic Change
Blanford, J.I., Blanford, S., Paaijmans, K., Schreiber, K., Crane, R., Mann, M., Thomas, M.B. (2013) Implications of temperature variation for malaria parasite development across Africa. Nature Scientific Reports.
Paaijmans, K.P., Heinig, R.L., Seliga, R.A., Blanford, J.I., Blanford, S., Murdock, C.C. & Thomas, M.B. (2013). Temperature variation makes ectotherms more sensitive to climate change. Global Change Biology.
Blanford, J.I., Kumar, S., Wei, L. and MacEachren, A.M. (2012) It's a long, long walk: accessibility to hospitals, maternity and integrated health centers in Niger. International Journal of Health Geographics.
MacEachren A. M., Jaiswal, A., Robinson, A.C., Pezanowski, S., Savelyev, A., Mitra, P., Zhangi, X. & Blanford, J. (2011) SensePlace2: GeoTwitter Analytics Support for Situational Awareness. VAST
MacEachren A. M., Robinson, A.C., Jaiswal, A., Pezanowski, S., Savelyev, A., Blanford, J., & Mitra, P. (2011) July 3-8. Geo-Twitter Analytics: Applications in Crisis Management. 25th International Cartographic Conference, Paris, France
Tomaszewski, B., Blanford, J.I, Ross, K., Pezanowski, S. & MacEachren A.M. (2011) Supporting Geographically-aware WebDocument Foraging and Sensemaking. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.35:192-207
Klass, J.I., Blanford S., & Thomas M.B. (2007a) Development of a model for evaluating the effects of environmental temperature and thermal behaviour on biological control of locusts and grasshoppers using pathogens Agricultural and Forest Entomology 9(3): 189-199.
Klass, J.I., Blanford S., & Thomas M.B. (2007b) Use of a geographic information system to explore spatial variation in pathogen virulence and the implications for biological control of locusts and grasshoppers. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 9(3): 201-208.