Gaëlle Nicolas

Gaëlle Nicolas

Spatial Analyst
Bio: 

French, MSc, PhD – Gaëlle (1986) graduated her Master degree in Animal health and epidemiology of tropical diseases at the Université de Montpellier (Montpellier, France) in 2010. She completed with honour her PhD thesis (2010-2013) in Ecosystem and Agronomical Science. During that period she spent 1.5 years in Madagascar to collect field data, followed by 1 year in each: ANSES (the French agency for food and safety) and CIRAD teams, to analyse these data and develop competences. Her PhD focused on the Rift Valley Fever virus circulation by cattle movement with a particular emphasis on the modelling of the viral spread in a temperate and mountainous ecosystem of the Madagascar highland (field data collection, statistical and mathematical modelling). During her PhD she aimed on the integration of empirical data (epidemiological and entomological), infectious diseases (SEIR/NSEI) models and Social Network Analyses using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to create map and extract spatial environmental data. In 2014, she joined as a researcher the Spatial Epidemiology Lab (SpELL) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her research activities covered development of epidemiological modelling using R software and GIS, and progresses in the Gridded Livestock of the World database (improved the accuracy of the census data disaggregation algorithms by approaches comparison – machine learning vs classical statistical modelling). In 2018, she joined Avia-GIS as Spatial Analyst.