Ben Beard

Charles Benjamin (Ben) Beard earned a B.S. in 1980 at Auburn University, a M.S. in 1983 at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Florida. He was a post-doctoral fellow and associate research scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, he joined CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases, where he served as Chief of the Vector Genetics Section from 1999 to 2003. In 2003 he moved to CDC’s Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases in Fort Collins, CO to become Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch. In this capacity, he coordinates CDC’s programs on Lyme disease, tick-borne relapsing fever, Bartonella, plague, and tularemia. During his tenure at CDC, Ben has worked mostly in tropical medicine and international health. In 2011, he was appointed as the Associate Director for Climate Change in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where he coordinates CDC’s efforts at understanding and mitigating the potential impact of climate variability and disruption on infectious disease ecology. In this capacity, he represents CDC on the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Change and Human Health federal working group. He has published over 100 scientific papers, books, and book chapters collectively, and has served on a variety of committees and panels both inside and outside of CDC, including an advisory panel for the American Meteorological Society and lead author on the USGCRP Climate & Health Assessment. He is currently an Associate Editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases and past president of the Society for Vector Ecology.