Dr. Katharina Kreppel is a Tanzania-based vector ecologist at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI). She received her PhD in 2012 from the University of Liverpool, UK. She has 5 years’ experience of field-based research on malaria vector ecology in collaboration with IHI while affiliated with the University of Glasgow, UK. This was preceded by 4 years’ field-based research on the effects of climate on plague in Madagascar in collaboration with the Institute Pasteur de Madagascar. In Tanzania at IHI she is currently leading a project investigating behavioural shifts of malaria vectors due to environmental determinants and their relevance to disease transmission. Additionally, Dr. Kreppel is Co-Investigator of a project looking into the effects of El Niño on malaria mosquito dynamics and the disease. She is also joint leader of the Neglected Tropical Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses, under the Enviromental Health and Ecological Sciences Department. At IHI she frequently gives short courses in statistical methods using the R language, and assists as facilitator at grant writing, statistical analysis and presentation workshops. Dr. Kreppel has published a total of 15 papers in internationally peer- reviewed journals and to date gave 10 oral presentations at renowned international conferences. Her research interest lie in understanding the ecology and behavior of tropical disease vectors and relate these to the epidemiology of diseases. She is thus particularly interested in the effects of a changing climate on vector borne diseases and zoonoses to further the development of adaptive strategies.