Katharine Rose Dean

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Room 2401
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

I began as a PhD student at CEES in May 2016. As part of MedPlag project, I am using disease models to reconstruct the spread of plague across Eurasia in historic times. My work is supervised by Boris V. Schmid and Nils Chr. Stenseth

I am interested in infectious disease epidemiology and modeling, specifically for zoonotic diseases. Previously, I was a masters student and research assistant at CEES using susceptible-infectious-recovered (SIR) models to study mechanisms of plague transmission in cities. I hold a BA from New College of Florida, USA, where I studied primate feeding ecology in South Africa for my honors thesis. I was also awarded a Fulbright research grant to study giraffe in Etosha National Park, Namibia. 


  • Katharine R. Dean, Nils Chr. Stenseth, Lars Walløe, Ole Christian Lingærde, Barbara Bramanti, and Boris V. Schmid. Human ectoparasites spread plague during the Black Death and Second Pandemic. Poster presented at: 12th International Yersinia Symposium; 2016 Oct 25-28; Tbilisi, Georgia. (pdf)
  • Katharine R. Dean. Modeling plague transmission in Medieval European cities. Masters thesis (2015), CEES, University of Oslo. (pdf)


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  • Dean, Katharine Rose; Krauer, Fabienne; Walløe, Lars; Lingjærde, Ole Christian; Bramanti, Barbara; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Schmid, Boris Valentijn (2018). Reply to Park et al.: Human ectoparasite transmission of plague during the Second Pandemic is still plausible. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  115(34), s E7894- E7895 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.1810221115
  • Dean, Katharine Rose (2017). Epidemiological analysis of an outbreak of plague in Glasgow in 1900.
  • Dean, Katharine Rose (2016). Human ectoparasites spread plague during the Black Death and Second Pandemic.

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