James Tamerius

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Arizona
310 Jesup Hall
Office Hours: 
Wednesday 11-2
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
Medical Geography, Environmental Health, Applied Climate, Infectious Disease

I am a medical geographer specializing in the effects of environment on human health. Much of my past research has focused on the environmental processes that affect the transmission of infectious diseases. I also investigate the role of the environment and social processes in the development of disease and injury. Recently I have become more interested in how environmental processes modify human behavior and health. I use statistical and mathematical modeling technqiues to gain insight into these spatial and spatiotemporal processes. 

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GEOG:1065 Spatial Analysis

GEOG:2310 Geography of Health

GEOG:2110 Population Geography

GEOG:2310 Climatology

GEOG:5050 Research and Writing in Geography

Grants & Funding: 

Indoor Environment and Emergency Response Health Outcomes. 2015. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program, $500,000, Co-I

Influenza Transmission and Indoor Tropical Environments. 2014. Old Gold Summer Fellowship. University of Iowa, $6,000, PI

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 2011-2013. Earth Institute, Columbia University, $12,000 (stipend)

Selected Publications: 

Tamerius JD, Viboud C, Shaman J, Chowell G. 2015. Impact of school cycles and environmental forcing on the timing of pandemic influenza activity in Mexican states, May-December 2009. PLoS Computational Biology.

Uejio CK, Tamerius JD, Vredenburg J, Asaeda G, Isaacs DA, Braun J, et al. 2015. Summer indoor heat exposure and respiratory and cardiovascular distress calls in New York City, NY, U.S. Indoor Air.

Quinn A, Tamerius JD, Perzanowski M, Jacobson JS, Goldstein I, Acosta L, Shaman J. 2014. Predicting indoor heat exposure risk during extreme heat events. The Science of the Total Environment. 49:686–693.

Shaman J, Karspeck A, Yang W, Tamerius JD, Lipsitch M. 2013 Real-Time Influenza Forecasts during the 2012-2013 Season. Nature Communications. 4:2837

Tamerius JD, Acosta LM, Jacobson JS, Goldstein IF, Quinn JW, Rundle AG, Perzanowski MS, Shaman J. 2013. Socioeconomic and Outdoor Meteorological Determinants of Indoor Temperature and Humidity in New York City Households. American Meteorological Society: Weather, Climate and Society. 5(2):168-179

Tamerius JD, Shaman J, Bloom-Feshbach K, Alonso W, Viboud C. Environmental Predictors of Seasonal Influenza Epidemics Across Temperate and Tropical Climates. 2013. PLoS Pathogens. 9(3):e1003194.

Bloom-Feshbach K, Alonso W, Tamerius JD, Simonsen L, Miller M, Viboud C. 2013. Latitudinal Variations in Seasonal Activity of Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): a Global Comparative Review. PLoS One. PLoS ONE 8(2): e54445.

Tamerius JD and Comrie AC. 2011. Coccidioidomycosis Incidence in Arizona Predicted by Seasonal Precipitation. PLoS One. 6(6):e21009.

Chowell G, Viboud C, Munayco C, Gomez J, Simonsen L, Miller M, Tamerius JD, Fiestas V, Halsey E, Laguna-Torres A. 2011. Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic in Peru. PLoS One. 6(6):e21287.

Chowell G, Echevarría-Zuno S, Viboud C, Simonsen L, Tamerius JD, Miller M, Borja Aburto. 2010. Characterizing the epidemiology of the 2009 Influenza A/H1N1 Pandemic in Mexican States. PLoS Medicine. 8(5):e1000436.

Tamerius JD, Nelson M, Zhou S, Viboud C, Miller M, Alonso W. 2010. Global Influenza Seasonality: Reconciling Patterns Across Temperate and Tropical Regions. Environmental Health Perspectives. 119(4):439-445.

Tamerius JD, Wise EK, Uejio CK, McCoy A, and Comrie AC. 2006. Climate and Human Health: Synthesizing Environmental Complexity Under Uncertainty. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment (SERRA). 1:601-613.