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Melinda Butterworth

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Collins Science Center 213
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Arizona
  • M.S., Geography, Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Geography, B.A., Psychology, Virginia Tech


  • Health & the Global Environment
  • Introduction to Environmental Science

Professional Interests

I am a health/medical geographer with interests in the social and environmental aspects of disease emergence and spread. My research focuses on understanding the links between climate, ecology, and socio-political processes shaping disease. Most of my work has focused on the changing geographies of mosquito-borne diseases in the southern United States, using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Butterworth, Melinda K., Morin, C. W., and Comrie, A. C. “An analysis of the potential impact of climate change on dengue transmission in the southeastern United States.” Environmental Health Perspectives 125.4 (2017): 579.

vonHedemann, N., Robbins, P., Butterworth, Melinda K., Landau, K., and Morin, C. W. “Managing mosquito spaces: Citizen self-governance of disease vectors in a desert landscape.” Health & Place 43 (2017): 41-48.

vonHedemann, N., Butterworth, M., Robbins, P., Landau, K., and Morin, C. 2015. Visualizations of mosquito risk: A political ecology approach to understanding the territorialization of hazard control. Landscape and Urban Planning (In Press)

Hayden, M., Cavanaugh, J., Tittel, C., Butterworth, M., Haenchen, S., Dickenson, K., et al. 2015. Post Outbreak Review: Dengue Preparedness and Response in Key West, Florida. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 93(2), 397-400

Del Casino, V., Butterworth, M., and Davis, G. 2014. The Slippery Geographies of Polio. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 14(7):546-7.

Shaw, I., Jones, J.P., and Butterworth, M. 2013. The mosquito's umwelt, or one monster's standpoint ontology. Geoforum. 48: 260-267.

El Vilaly, A., Arora, M., Butterworth, M., El Vilaly, M., Jarnagin, W., and Comrie, C. 2013. Climate, environment and disease: The case of Rift Valley fever. Progress in Physical Geography. 37(2): 259-269.

Butterworth, M., Kolivras, K., Grossman, L., and Redican, K. 2010. Knowledge, Perceptions, and Practices: Mosquito-borne disease transmission in southwest Virginia. Southeastern Geographer. 50(3).

Willamette University

Environmental Science

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.