In this installment of Field Notes, we talk to newly-appointed Executive Committee member Dr. Rebekah Kading. Her lab, situated in the Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, studies the ecology and transmission dynamics of vector-borne pathogens, particularly emerging arboviruses. We chat about her previous work with the CDC, her recent research on the emerging Rift Valley Fever Virus, and some of her most memorable moments from her time in Africa.