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Chris Barker- BS, MS, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor and Assistant Research Scientist
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

5329 VM3A
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 0151
cmbarker@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Ecology and epidemiology of mosquitoborne viruses

Specialty Focus

Pathogens of interest: West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses

Climate and landscape factors driving mosquitoborne virus transmission

Process-based estimates of transmission risk

Vector-pathogen interactions

Surveillance and control of mosquitoborne viruses

Early warning and decision support systems

Education

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

2015 Invited 2015 Thompson Lecturer, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Advanced Study Program (http://www.asp.ucar.edu/thompson/thompson_lecture.php)
2014 Vice President (elected by board), Board of Trustees, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, New methods to detect arbovirus RNA in mosquito saliva, Coffey L (Principal Investigator), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (subcontract with Sandia National Labs)

Co-Principal Investigator, Intervention of an emerging zoonotic disease: urban crow roosts and the introduction, amplification, and overwinter persistence of West Nile virus, Townsend AK (Principal Investigator), University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Co-Investigator, Quantifying heterogeneities in dengue virus transmission dynamics, (My role is Core Leader); Scott TW (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health, NIAID (P01)

Principal Investigator, Enhanced data-driven decision support for highly invasive vectors , (Principal Investigator), NASA Earth Science Applications: Health and Air Quality

Principal Investigator, Arbovirus surveillance in California, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Public Health & Public Health Foundation Enterprises

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Chris Barker: Identifying avian malaria vectors: sampling methods influence outcomes 2015 Carlson JS, Walther E, TroutFryxell R, Staley S, Tell LA, Sehgal RN, Barker CM, Cornel AJ Identifying avian malaria vectors: sampling methods influence outcomes Parasit Vectors,
  • Chris Barker: Extrinsic incubation rate is not accelerated in recent California strains of West Nile virus in Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae) 2015 Danforth ME, Reisen WK, Barker CM Extrinsic incubation rate is not accelerated in recent California strains of West Nile virus in Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae) J Med Entomol,
  • Chris Barker: The global distribution of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus occurence 2015 Kraemer MUG, Sinka ME, Duda KA, Mylne A, Shearer FM, Barker CM, Moore CG, Carvalho RG, Coelho GE, Wint GRW, Elyazar IRF, Teng H-J, Hay SI The global distribution of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus occurence Sci Data,
  • Chris Barker: The global compendium of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus occurrence 2015 Kraemer MUG, Sinka ME, Duda KA, Mylne A, Shearer FM, Brady OJ, Barker CM, Moore CG, Carvalho RG, Coelho GE, Wint GRW, Elyazar IRF, Teng H-J, Hay SI The global compendium of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus occurrence Elife,
  • Chris Barker: Comparison of the efficiency and cost of West Nile virus surveillance methods in California. 2015 Healy JM, Reisen WK, Kramer VL, Fischer M, Lindsey NP, Nasci RS, Macedo PA, White G, Takahashi R, Khang L, Barker CM Comparison of the efficiency and cost of West Nile virus surveillance methods in California. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis,
  • Chris Barker: Spatial dynamics of bovine tuberculosis in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain (2010-2012). 2014 de la Cruz ML, Perez A, Bezos J, Pages E, Casal C, Carpintero J, Romero B, Dominguez L, Barker CM, Diaz R, Alvarez J Spatial dynamics of bovine tuberculosis in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain (2010-2012). PLoS One,
  • Chris Barker: Abnormal early cleavage events predict early embryo demise: sperm oxidative stress and early abnormal cleavage. 2014 Burruel V, Klooster K, Barker CM, Pera RR, Meyers S Abnormal early cleavage events predict early embryo demise: sperm oxidative stress and early abnormal cleavage. Sci Rep,
  • Chris Barker: A global assembly of adult female mosquito mark-release-recapture data to inform the control of mosquito-borne pathogens. 2014 Guerra CA, Reiner RC Jr, Perkins TA, Lindsay SW, Midega JT, Brady OJ, Barker CM, Reisen WK, Harrington LC, Takken W, Kitron U, Lloyd AL, Hay SI, Scott TW, Smith DL A global assembly of adult female mosquito mark-release-recapture data to inform the control of mosquito-borne pathogens. Parasit Vectors,
  • Chris Barker: Seasonal variation and impact of waste-water lagoons as larval habitat on the population dynamics of Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera:Ceratpogonidae) at two dairy farms in northern California. 2014 Mayo CE, Osborne CJ, Mullens BA, Gerry AC, Gardner IA, Reisen WK, Barker CM, Maclachlan NJ Seasonal variation and impact of waste-water lagoons as larval habitat on the population dynamics of Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera:Ceratpogonidae) at two dairy farms in northern California. PLoS One,
  • Chris Barker: Recasting the theory of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission dynamics and control 2014 Smith DL, Perkins TA, Reiner RC, 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, Lloyd AL, Pigott DM, Reisen WK, Ruktanonchai N, Singh BK, Stoller J, Tatem AJ, Kitron U, Godfray C, Cohen J, Hay SI, Scott TW Recasting the theory of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission dynamics and control Trans Roy Soc 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. 120-3.

2013 Brown HE, Comrie AC, Drechsler DM, Barker CM, Basu R, Brown T, Gershunov A, Kilpatrick AM, Reisen WK, Ruddell DM: Chapter 15: 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. 312-39.

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: Chapter 10: Information and decision support systems, Morain SA, Budge AM, (ed), Environmental Tracking for Public Health Surveillance, 1st Edition, London. 369-410.

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.