Dr. Devin Tunseth currently serves as the Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Veterinary Intern. His duties include assisting the Smithsonian Global health (SGH) team with disease surveillance, training, and capacity building in Myanmar and Kenya, as well as assisting with grant writing and performing independent research. His research focuses on vector-borne pathogens and public health applications of veterinary medicine, particularly on the importance of climate change and its influence on mosquitoes and emerging arboviruses such as Zika virus.
Tunseth recently spent five weeks in Kenya collecting mosquitoes and sampling camels to test for coronavirus and other arboviruses. While in the field, he collected one of the first recorded cases of an Anopheles mosquito above 1,700 meters in central Kenya which has enormous public health implications for the emergence of malaria in a historically malaria-free region. He hopes to use his findings to improve local surveillance and prevent future outbreaks of epidemic malaria in the region.