David Rogers

Professor of Ecology & Curator of the Hope Entomological Collections

David’s research interests lie in insect population ecology and the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, in particular the African trypanosomiases, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus and bluetongue.

He is also interested in farming systems, poverty and resource mapping in Africa.

He uses remotely sensed data from satellites to describe the distribution and abundance of pests, vectors and diseases, as well as areas of conservation importance. Remotely sensed data may also be combined with population and agricultural data to map series of ‘farming systems’ in Africa, characterised by different level of people, crops and cattle, which in turn may be used to identify appropriate developmental pathways depending upon local environmental conditions. The same environmental data are also correlated with different levels of poverty and so may be used to generate poverty maps.  In contrast to traditional techniques for poverty mapping, based mostly or only on socio-economic survey data, this ecological approach can lead to an explanation of local variations in poverty and therefore to appropriate interventions to alleviate poverty.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Selected articles

  1. Rogers, D.J. & Randolph, S.E. (1991).  Mortality rates and population density of tsetse flies correlated with satellite imagery.  Nature 351, 739-741.
  2. Johnson, D.D.P., Hay, S.I. & Rogers, D.J. (1998).  Contemporary environmental correlates of endemic bird areas derived from meteorological satellite sensors.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B  265, 951-959.
  3. Rogers, D.J., Hay, S.I. & Packer, M.J. (1998).  The use of meteorological satellite imagery for habitat and resource mapping, monitoring and management.  In Drylands: sustainable use of rangelands into the twenty-first century Proceedings of International Workshop on Sustainable Use of Rangelands and Desertification Control, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1996 (ed. By V.R. Squires & A.E. Sidahmed), pp 221-235. IFAD, Rome.
  4. Hay, S.I., Myers, M.F., Burke, D.S., Vaughn, D.W., Endy, T., Ananda, N., Shanks, G.D., Snow, R.W. & Rogers, D.J. (2000).  Etiology of inter-epidemic periods of mosquito-borne disease.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97, 9335-9339.
  5. Rogers, D.J. & Randolph, S.E. (2000).  The global spread of malaria in a future, warmer world.  Science 289, 1763 – 1766.
  6. Hay, S.I., Cox, J., Rogers, D.J., Randolph, S.E., Stern, D.L., Shanks, G.D., Myers, M.F. & Snow, R.W. (2002).  Climate change and the resurgence of malaria in the East African highlands. Nature 415, 905-909.
  7. 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.
  8. Rogers, D.J. & Randolph, S.E. (2004).  Studying the global distribution of infectious diseases using GIS and RS. Nature Reviews Microbiology  1, 231-237.
  9. 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. (Working Paper 36 at http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/projects/en/pplpi/workingpapers.html).
  10. Rogers, D.J., Wint, G.R.W., Alexander, N., Pozzi, F. & Robinson , T.P. (2011).  Wealth Index mapping in the Horn of Africa. Animal Production and Health Working Paper No. 4, FAO, Rome. 32pp. (http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/i2427e/i2427e00.pdf).
  11. Sedda, L., Brown, H.E., Purse, B.V., Burgin, L., Gloster, J. & Rogers, D.J. (2012).  A new algorithm quantifies the roles of wind and midge flight activity in the bluetongue epizootic in northwest Europe.  Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2555


Edited books

  1. Hay, S.I., Randolph, S.E. & Rogers, D.J. (eds) (2000).  Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in Epidemiology.   Advances in Parasitology Volume 47 (also as a separate book 2001, by Academic Press, San Diego.)
  2. Hay, S.I.  Graham, A.J. & Rogers, D.J. (eds) (2006).  Global Mapping of Infectious Diseases: Methods, examples and emerging applications (with DVD). Advances in Parasitology Volume 62 (also as a separate book 2007, by Academic Press, San Diego).
  3. Pfeiffer, D. U., Robinson, T. P., Stevenson, M., Stevens, K.B., Rogers, D.J. & Clements, A.C.A. (2008).  Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology. OUP, Oxford.