Dr Nicola Wardrop is a Research Fellow working in the Geography and the Environment Academic Unit of the University of Southampton. Nicola's main research focus is the use of epidemiological and environmental data, GIS, mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to provide improved understanding of the complex factors driving infectious disease transmission. She is particularly interested in the application of these methods to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), zoonoses and vector borne diseases, mainly in resource poor settings such as sub Saharan Africa.

Recent research has focused on Taeniasis (tapeworm), cysticercosis and Q fever in humans and livestock in Kenya; human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and tsetse in Uganda and podoconiosis in Ethiopia and Cameroon.


  • Recents posts on my research, spatial epidemiology, neglected diseases and the world of academia more generally!
  • Open Access data: Landcover dataset now available. As part of my work in western Kenya, I created a landcover classification dataset. The full dataset, including information on how it was produced, is now available: Wardrop, Nicola A (2015) Landcover classification: western Kenya, 2010. doi:10.5258/SOTON/383135 [dataset]
    Posted Oct 23, 2015, 1:33 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • New WHO report on rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis. The WHO has just released a new report: Report of the first WHO stakeholders meeting on rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis, Geneva, 20–22 October 2014. This report sets out the current understanding of the epidemiology and control of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, covering suitability mapping, mathematical modelling, diagnostics, treatment, vector control and elimination efforts.
    Posted Jul 30, 2015, 12:53 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • Vector-borne zoonoses talk at ISNTD Bites. International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases conference on vector-borne diseases, March 2015 (ISNTD bites). Integrating human, livestock & vector data in a unified epidemiological framework (using sleeping sickness as an example). Visit the ISNTD website for a video of my talk: http://www.isntd.org/#/isntd-bites-15-wardrop/4589861030
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 2:35 AM by Nicola Wardrop
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