Dr. Mateus-Pinilla is responsible for planning, developing, and conducting multidisciplinary field and laboratory-oriented research. Her program builds on field, experimental, and observational epidemiological studies in livestock and wildlife populations; it monitors and quantifies disease events in natural ecosystems; identifies risk factors associated with disease occurrence, persistence, and transmission; and evaluates the impact of diseases in the conservation and preservation of species.
Her research applies epidemiological theory to multiple species in natural systems. Her interest focuses on understanding the impact of diseases on populations and the role of natural levels of biodiversity in mediating the persistence of pathogens in the environment. Her program guides applied adaptive management strategies considering restoration, conservation, and ecosystem health at the interface of conservation, wildlife livestock, and human health.