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Jean is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland. His doctoral research focused on the spatial distribution of avian influenza in humans, poultry, and wild birds. He developed spatial models within the context of recent epidemic and epizootic outbreaks to update knowledge about the origin of various avian influenza viruses. His research led him to develop spatial cross-validation procedures to train/validate species distribution models. His thesis has also enabled him to discuss the transfer of methods (i.e., species distribution modelling) and concepts from ecology to spatial epidemiology, with a particular emphasis on their possible limitations. His current project focuses on the development of spatial modelling methods to understand and predict changes in habitat resulting from forest management practices throughout the central Appalachian Mountains. The aim of this approach is to better understand and forecast how the communities of birds respond to changes in forest and landscape structure. Jean holds a M.S. in parasite ecology at the University of Montpellier where he had the opportunity to do research on the ecology of rodents and their pathogens in South East Asia. He holds a M.S. in geomatics engineering from the University of Rennes where he has investigated the link between environmental changes (bush encroachment) and the occurrence of tick-borne diseases in livestock and human in southern Norway through collaboration with the Catholic University of Louvain. Additional information about Jean’s work can be found on his ResearchGate account (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jean_Artois).