Gund Fellow, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Arne Bomblies is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Vermont. He earned his PhD in Environmental Engineering from MIT in 2009. Dr Bomblies’ research focuses on the impacts of climate variability and change. He has recently spent almost two years in Niger and Ethiopia researching the connection of malaria transmission and climatic variability using field observations and hydrology models. This research has yielded much detailed, mechanistic insight into hydrologic processes linking malaria, mosquito populations, and climate.

 

Research and/or Creative Works

Dr Bomblies also has conducted field research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. There, he measured nutrient delivery to closed-basin lake ecosystems, and has identified recent climate change signals in the hydrology of a lake using data derived from a survey conducted by Robert F Scott’s party in 1903.

More recently, he has begun studying the impacts of climate change on watersheds in Vermont, under Vermont EPSCoR. In addition to research activities, Dr Bomblies has four years of professional engineering experience in the field of groundwater remediation prior to beginning his PhD.

Publications

  • Bomblies A (2014) Agent-based modeling of malaria vectors: the importance of spatial simulation. Parasites and Vectors 7:308.  
  • Guilbert J, Beckage B, Winter JM, Horton R, Perkins T, and Bomblies A (2014) Impacts of projected climate change over the Lake Champlain basin in Vermont. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.
  • Gingras C and Bomblies A (2013) High resolution topography as an indicator of malaria risk: a remote sensing approach with satellite radar imagery. Biological Engineering Transactions 6(2):117-140.
  • Yamana T, Bomblies A, and Eltahir EAB. (2013) Linking environmental variability to village-scale malaria transmission using a simple immunity model. Parasites and Vectors 6(1):1-14.  PDF
  • Haque U, Glass GE, Bomblies A, Hashizume M, Mitra D, Noman N, Haque W, Kabir M, Yamamoto T, and Overgaard HJ (2013). Risk factors associated with clinical malaria episodes in Bangladesh: a longitudinal study. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 88(4): 727-732.
  • Stryker J and Bomblies A (2012) The impacts of land use change on malaria vector abundance in a water-limited, highland region of Ethiopia. EcoHealth. 9(4):455-470.
  • Bomblies A. (2012) The role of rainfall patterns in seasonal malaria transmission. Climatic Change 112(3): 673-685.
  • Trudel, RE and Bomblies, A. (2011) Larvicidal effects of Chinaberry (Melia azederach) powder on Anopheles arabiensis in Ethiopia. Parasites and Vectors 4, 72.  PDF
  • Bomblies, A., and Eltahir, E.A.B. (2009) Assessment of the impact of climate shifts on malaria transmission in the Sahel. EcoHealth 6:426-437.
  • Bomblies, A., Duchemin, J.B., and Eltahir, E.A.B. (2009) A mechanistic approach for accurate simulation of village-scale malaria transmission Malaria Journal 8:223.
  • Gianotti, R. L., A. Bomblies, and E. A. B. Eltahir (2009), Hydrologic modeling to screen potential environmental management methods for malaria vector control in Niger, Water Resources Research, 45, W08438, doi:10.1029/2008WR007567.
  • Bomblies, A., J.-B. Duchemin, and E. A. B. Eltahir (2008), Hydrology of malaria: Model development and application to a Sahelian village, Water Resources Research, 44, W12445, doi:10.1029/2008WR006917. 
  • Gianotti, R. *, Bomblies, A. *, Dafalla, M., Arzika, I., Duchemin, J.B. and Eltahir, E. (2008) Efficacy of local neem extracts for sustainable malaria vector control in an African village. Malaria Journal 7:138 *co-first authors  PDF
  • Eltahir, E. A. B., Loux, B., Yamana, T.K., Bomblies, A. (2004), A see-saw oscillation between the Amazon and Congo basins, Geophysical Research Letters, 31(23): L23201, doi:10.1029/2004GL021160.
  • Bomblies, A., McKnight, D.M., and Andrews, E.D., (2001), Retrospective simulation of lake level rise in Lake Bonney based on recent 21-year record: Indication of recent climate change in the McMurdo Dry Valleys: Journal of Paleolimnology 25: 477-492.
  • McKnight, D.M., Niyogi, D.K., Alger, A.S., Bomblies, A., Conovitz, P.A., and Tate, C.M., (1999). Dry Valleys streams in Antarctica: ecosystems waiting for water. BioScience 49: 985-995.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate change impacts on malaria transmission in Ethiopian highlands; understanding impacts of extreme precipitation on watershed hydrology; regional Adaptation to Climate Change (Vermont EPSCoR) 

Education

  • PhD,Civil and Environmental Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-2215
Office Location:

221 Votey Hall