Search for Faculty

Photo: Chris Barker

Chris Barker- BS, MS, PhD

Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology


Research Focus

Ecology and epidemiology of mosquitoborne viruses

Specialty Focus

Center for Vectorborne Diseases

  • Climate and landscape factors driving mosquitoborne virus transmission
  • Forecasting and decision support systems for control of arboviruses

  • Development of process-based estimates of transmission risk

  • Mechanistic modeling of pathogen transmission


2008 PhD Entomology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
2005 MS Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
2001 MS Entomology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
1998 BS Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Honors and Awards

2008 John Henry Comstock Award for outstanding graduate student, Entomological Society of America - Pacific Branch
2008 American Mosquito Control Association Student Presentation Award, Honorable Mention
2007 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Travel Award
2006 William Hazeltine Student Research Fellowship
2005 UC Davis Graduate Student Travel Award
2001 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award, Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Characterization of the ecological drivers of bluetongue virus (BTV) infection of livestock for the predictive modeling of future BTV outbreaks, N. James MacLachlan (Principal Investigator), USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Principal Investigator, Electronic Data Processing for Public Health Pesticide Applications and Resistance Testing, (Principal Investigator), Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Barker CM, Niu T, Reisen WK, Hartley DM Data-driven modeling to assess receptivity for Rift Valley fever virus PLoS Neglect Trop Dis,
  • Link Icon 2013 Thompson DR, de la Torre Juarez M, Barker CM, Holeman J, Lundeen S, Mulligan S, Painter TH, Podest E, Seidel FC, Ustinov E Airborne imaging spectroscopy to monitor urban mosquito microhabitats Remote Sens Environ,
  • Link Icon 2013 Carrington LB, Armijos MV, Lambrechts L, Barker CM, Scott TW Effects of fluctuating daily temperatures at critical thermal extremes on aedes aegypti life-history traits PLoS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2013 Reiner RC, Perkins TA, Barker CM, Niu T, Chaves LF, Ellis AM, George DB, Le Menach A, Pulliam JRC, Bisanzio D, Buckee C, Chiyaka C, Cummings DAT, Garcia AJ, Gatton ML, Gething PW, Hartley DM, Johnston G, Klein EY, Michael E, Lindsay SW, Lloyd AL, Pigott DM, Reisen WK, Ruktanonchai N, Singh BK, Tatem AJ, Kitron U, Hay SI, Scott TW, Smith DL A systematic review of mathematical models of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission: 1970–2010 J Roy Soc Interface,
  • Link Icon 2012 Smith DL, Battle KE, Hay SI, Barker CM, Scott TW, McKenzie FE Ross, Macdonald, and a theory for the dynamics and control of mosquito-transmitted pathogens PLoS Pathogens,
  • Link Icon 2012 Wheeler SS, Vineyard MP, Barker CM, Reisen WK Importance of recrudescent avian infection in West Nile Virus overwintering: Incomplete antibody neutralization of virus allows infrequent vector infection J Med Entomol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Fechter-Leggett E, Nelms BM, Barker CM, Reisen WK West Nile virus cluster analysis and vertical transmission in Culex pipiens complex mosquitoes in Sacramento and Yolo Counties, California, 2011 J Vector Ecol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Mayo CE, Gardner IA, Mullens BA, Barker CM, Gerry AC, Guthrie AJ, MacLachlan NJ Anthropogenic and meteorological factors influence vector abundance and prevalence of bluetongue virus infection of dairy cattle in California Vet Microbiol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Mayo CE, Mullens BA, Gerry AC, Barker CM, Mertens PC, Maan S, Maan N, Gardner IA, Guthrie AJ, MacLachlan NJ The combination of abundance and infection rates of Culicoides sonorensis estimates risk of subsequent bluetongue virus infection of sentinel cattle on California dairy farms Vet Parasitol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Hartley DM, Barker CM, Le Menac'h A, Niu T, Gaff HD, Reisen WK Effects of temperature on the emergence and seasonality of West Nile virus in California Am J Trop Med Hyg,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2013 Barker CM, Reisen WK: Mosquito-Borne Diseases, Kadir T, Mazur L, Milanes C, Randles K, California Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, (ed), Indicators of Climate Change in California. .

2013 Brown HE, Comrie AC, Drechsler DM, Barker CM, Basu R, Brown T, Gershunov A, Kilpatrick AM, Reisen WK, Ruddell DM: Human Health, Garfin G, Jardine A, Merideth R, Black M, LeRoy S, (ed), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, Washington, DC. .

2013 Hudspeth W, Reisen WK, Barker CM, Kramer VL, Caian M, Craciunescu V, Brown HE, Comrie AC, Zelicoff A, Ward TG, Ragain RM, Simpson G, Stanhope W, Kass-Hout TA, Scharl A, Sonricker AL, Brownstein JS: Information and Decision Support Systems, Morain SA, Budge AM, (ed), Environmental Tracking for Public Health Surveillance, London. .

2011 Lozano-Fuentes S, Barker CM, Coleman M, Coleman M, Park BK, Reisen WK, Eisen L: Emerging information technologies to provide improved decision support for surveillance, prevention, and control of vector-borne diseases, Jao, CS, (ed), Efficient Decision Support Systems: Practice and Challenges - From Current to Future. 89-114.

2008 Reisen WK, Barker CM: Use of climate variation in vector-borne disease decision support systems, , Global Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: understanding the contributions to infectious disease emergence. 198-211.