Mary Hayden

NCAR Scientist

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303-497-8116
mhayden@ucar.edu
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Specialties
the role of environmental factors, including climate variability, on the spread of disease

Hayden, a medical anthropologist, focuses on how human and environmental factors, including changes in climate, can influence the spread of disease. Much of her research has looked at the potential for dengue fever, a potentially deadly illness spread by a species of tropical mosquito, to emerge along the U.S.-Mexico border. She is also taking part in a project to incorporate weather forecasts into efforts in Africa to control outbreaks of meningitis, which spreads during the dry season. Hayden’s interests in weather and society have led her as well to study how people respond to forecasts of threats such as flash floods and hurricanes.