Ben Beard is Associate Director for Climate Change and Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch of CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he coordinates CDC's programs on Lyme disease, plague, and tularemia. DVBD is part of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, which is a newly formed center in CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Dr. Beard has a BS degree (1980, Auburn University), an MS degree (1983, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and a PhD degree (1987, University of Florida). He served as a post-doctoral fellow and as an associate research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, he joined the CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases where he conducted applied research on the prevention and control of malaria and Chagas disease, and studied the epidemiology of Pneumocystis pneumonia in persons with AIDS. From 1999 to 2003 he served as Chief of the Vector Genetics Section in the Entomology Branch of the Division of Parasitic Diseases before joining CDC's Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases in Fort Collins in 2003. From 2008 to 2009, he served additionally as the Associate Director for Vector-Borne Diseases in the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases at CDC. During his tenure at CDC, Dr. Beard has worked mostly in tropical medicine and international health. His scientific interests include public health and the biology, ecology, and genetics of insect-borne diseases and vectors. More recently he has been involved coordinating CDC's work in understanding and mitigating the potential impact of climate variability and change on infectious disease ecology. 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. In 2002, he was awarded the CDC & ATSDR Honor Award in International Health. He is currently an Associate Editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases and past president of the Society for Vector Ecology.