About me

Humans are changing the planet in massive and unprecedented ways. I am interested in the evolutionary responses of natural populations to these changes. Mosquitoes are a fascinating lens for understanding these processes: of the thousands of mosquito species around the world, only a few have made the evolutionary transition to specializing on human hosts and habitats, and these species are the primary vectors of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Zika virus. My current research focuses on understanding the behavioral and physiological changes that gave rise to these transitions, and the genomic changes and selective pressures that drove their evolution.



Selected publications


Stanford University

PhD Biology

Advised by Dr. Stephen Palumbi

Google Scholar

NH Rose, M Sylla, A Badolo, J Lutomiah, D Ayala, OB Aribodor, N Ibe, J Akorli, S Otoo, JP Mutebi, AL Kriete, EG Ewing, R Sang, A Gloria-Soria, JR Powell, RE Baker, BJ White, JE Crawford, CS McBride (2020). Climate and urbanization drive mosquito preference for humans. Current Biology 30 (18), 3570-3579.

F Aubrey, S Dabo, C Manet, I Filipović, NH Rose, 32 additional authors, L Lambrechts. Increased Zika virus susceptibility of globally invasive Aedes aegypti populations (2020). Science 370 (6519), 991-996.

The Aedes Genome Working Group (including NH Rose) (2018). Improved Aedes aegypti mosquito reference genome assembly enables biological discovery and vector control. Nature 8 (1), 243-252.

NH Rose, RA Bay, MK Morikawa, L Thomas, EA Sheets, SR Palumbi. Genomic analysis of distinct bleaching tolerances among cryptic coral species. In press, Proceedings of the Royal Society: B.


NH Rose, RA Bay, MK Morikawa, SR Palumbi. Polygenic evolution drives species divergence and climate adaptation in corals. Evolution 72 (1), 82-94.

RA Bay*, NH Rose*, RDH Barrett, RB Brem, CK Ghalambor, L Bernatchez, PL Ralph, JR Lasky, SR Palumbi (2017). Predicting responses to contemporary environmental change using evolutionary response architectures. The American Naturalist 189 (5), 463-473. *These authors contributed equally.


Princeton University

Postdoctoral Researcher

Advised by Dr. Lindy McBride


Princeton University

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow

Advised by Dr. Lindy McBride


Brown University

BSc Computational Biology