The Mission of the CEID is to organize and coordinate activities of students, staff scientists, and faculty to lead UGA to become a worldwide center of excellence in the instruction and research of the ecology of infectious diseases. The CEID seeks to develop innovative technical methods and novel collaborative approaches, which draw upon numerous disciplines, including in agriculture, communications studies, data science, ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary biology, economics, machine learning, mathematics, and sociology. The CEID pursues partnerships with communities across Georgia and around the world. Our community values diverse scientific curiosity, seeks rigorous solutions to the ecological problems of disease transmission and evolution, and prepares a rising generation of scientists with the technical skills needed to advance scientific inquiry and translational practice into effective solutions.