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Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Regents' and Joaquin Bustoz Jr Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Executive Director, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center

ccchavez@asu.edu
480-965-2115
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Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center
Arizona State University
PO Box 871901
Tempe, AZ 85287-1901

Castillo-Chavez's research program lives at the interface of the natural and social sciences. The research program puts emphasis on the role of dynamic social landscapes on disease evolution. In this context, in collaboration with various researchers (graduate students, postdocs and senior faculty elsewhere), joint work is conducted on the role of cross-immunity on the evolution and dynamics of influenza; the impact of behavioral changes, long periods of infectiousness, variable infectivity, co-infections, prostitution, social networks and vaccine efficacy on HIV dynamics; the role of exogenous re-infection, variable progression rates, vaccination, public transportation, close and casual contacts (generalized households) on tuberculosis dynamics and control; the impact of life-history vector dynamics on dengue epidemics; and on the identification of time response scales for epidemics like foot and mouth disease (Uruguay). More recently, Castillo-Chavez and collaborators have worked on the role of dispersal and disease as enhancing mechanisms of ecological diversity. Most recently, research efforts focus on problems at the interface of homeland security and disease invasions (natural or deliberate) and on models for the spread of social "diseases" like alcoholism and ecstasy. Work on models for the spread of extreme ideologies and their impact on cultural norms is also under way. The work on homeland security is briefly described in his February column of Beyond numbers and proofs.

The content of the courses that Castillo-Chavez has taught or developed focus on three aspects associated with biological and social processes: modeling, mathematical methods and simulations. The material taught is motivated via applications to immunology, epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, demography and social dynamics.

PhD, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1984

MS, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1977

BS, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Steven Point, 1976

Journal Articles

2014

Perrings, C., C. Castillo-Chavez, G. Chowell, P. Daszak, E. P. Fenichel, D. Finnoff, R. D. Horan, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. P. Kinzig, N. V. Kuminoff, S. Levin, B. Morin, K. F. Smith and M. Springborn. 2014. Merging economics and epidemiology to improve the prediction and management of infectious disease. EcoHealth 11(4):464-475. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0963-6. (link )

Posters

2010

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2010. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented January 28 at the 11th Annual Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Sciences Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2010. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Poster presented January 28 at the 8th Annual Arizona Student Research Conference, Tempe, AZ.

2009

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2009. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Poster presented June 9 at the annual PI meeting of the NSF's IGERT, Washington DC.

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2009. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Poster presented January 30 at the Arizona Days Conference, Tempe, AZ.

2008

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2008. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Poster presented at November 14 Blackwell-Tapia Conference with the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) University of North Carolina.

2007

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2007. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Poster presented October 13 at the first Conference for Sustainability IGERTs, Fairbanks, AK.

Presentations

2011

Murillo, D., S. Holechek, F. Sanchez, E. Pozo and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2011. Mothers and their eggs: Vertical transmission in a model of dengue. Presentation 25 February at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington DC.

Murillo, D., S. Holechek, F. Sanchez, E. Pozo and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2011. Vertical transmission: Short-and long-term implications of an invasive strain. Presentation 22 April at the Unraveling Complex Systems: Mathematical Biology Mini-Symposium, Tempe, AZ.

2010

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2010. Urban growth and Zipf's Law. Presentation May 26 at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo, MX.

2009

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2009. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Presentation September 27 at the Biocomplexity II Conference, Seattle, WA.

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2009. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Presentation June 4 at the Workshop on the Workshop 4, Bloomington, IN.