The current research interest of Stephanie Thomas focuses on invasive disease vectors, mainly mosquitoes with tropical and subtropical origin. Thereby the spatial and temporal variability of distribution patterns of vector species and their associated diseases considering climate change and globalisation as major drivers is paramount. Risk analysis involves modelling techniques (e.g. correlative niche modelling) and experimental approaches (e.g. survival thresholds of vectors).
Stephanie Thomas is research associate in the AEDES Project on behalf of the Bavarian Ministry for Environment, Health and Consumer Protection and in the European-wide project “Climate modelling for Chikungunya“ on behalf of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Within the research association VICCI “Vector-borne Infectious Diseases in Climate Change Investigation” she worked on the subproject “Biogeographical analysis of health-relevant species and prediction of their spreading tendencies under changing climatic conditions in Bavaria”. She is co-author of the book" Klimawandel in Bayern - Auswirkungen und Anpassungsmaßnahmen”.
Stephanie studied Geo-ecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, focused on Biogeography. Her floristic diploma thesis addressed the influences of different management impacts at the border of the National Park Villaricca in South Chile.