Andy Tatem graduated with a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton in 1998. He subsequently completed a PhD within the Department of Electronics at the University of Southampton, developing approaches for sub-pixel land cover mapping from satellite imagery. In 2002 he took up the position of Research Officer at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford and in 2009 he moved to a faculty position at the Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department of Geography at the University of Florida. His recent work is focused on the application of population and urbanization mapping for malaria burden estimation, the dispersal of diseases and their vectors through global transport networks and quantifying population movements in relation to local malaria elimination planning.