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Chris Barker- BS, MS, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor and Assistant Research Scientist
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 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,
  • Link Icon 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,
  • Link Icon 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,
  • Link Icon 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,
  • Link Icon 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,
  • Link Icon 2014 Townsend AK, Barker CM Plastic and the nest entanglement of urban and agricultural crows. PLoS One,
  • 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,

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.