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Christopher Barker- BS, MS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor and Researcher
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

5329 Vet Med 3A
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, Zika, dengue, chikungunya 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

Other, Quantifying heterogeneities in dengue virus transmission dynamics, TW Scott (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health, NIAID (P01)

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

Co-Investigator, RAPID: Overcoming uncertainty to enable estimation and forecasting of Zika virus, TA Perkins (Principal Investigator), National Science Foundation

Principal Investigator, Evidence-based Thresholds for Adult Mosquito Control, (Principal Investigator), Consortium of California mosquito control agencies

Principal Investigator, Arbovirus Surveillance in California, (Principal Investigator), Public Health Foundation Enterprises

Principal Investigator, Transmissibility of Zika virus by North American mosquitoes, (Principal Investigator), Abt Associates, Inc.

Principal Investigator, Transmissibility of Zika virus by California mosquitoes, (Principal Investigator), Consortium of California mosquito control agencies

Co-Investigator, Projecting impacts of vectorborne disease in the United States for West Nile Virus, D Mills (Principal Investigator), Abt Associates, Inc.

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Christopher Barker: Anthropogenic impacts on mosquito populations in North America over the past century 2016 Rochlin I, Faraji A, Ninivaggi DV, Barker CM, Kilpatrick AM Anthropogenic impacts on mosquito populations in North America over the past century Nature Communications,
  • Christopher Barker: A deterministic model to quantify risk and guide mitigation strategies to reduce bluetongue virus transmission in California dairy cattle 2016 Mayo CE, Shelley CD, MacLachlan NJ, Gardner IA, Hartley DM, Barker CM A deterministic model to quantify risk and guide mitigation strategies to reduce bluetongue virus transmission in California dairy cattle PLoS One,
  • Christopher Barker: MicroRNA reduction of neuronal West Nile virus replication attenuates and affords a protective immune response in mice 2016 Brostoff T, Pesavento PA, Barker CM, Kenney JL, Dietrich EA, Duggal NK, Bosco-Lauth AM, Brault AC MicroRNA reduction of neuronal West Nile virus replication attenuates and affords a protective immune response in mice Vaccine,
  • Christopher Barker: Influence of host ecology and behavior on Campylobacter jejuni prevalence and environmental contamination risk in synanthropic wild bird species 2016 Taff CC, Weis AM, Wheeler S, Hinton MG, Weimer BC, Barker CM, Jones M, Logsdon R, Smith WA, Boyce WM, Townsend AK Influence of host ecology and behavior on Campylobacter jejuni prevalence and environmental contamination risk in synanthropic wild bird species Appl Environ Microbiol,
  • Christopher Barker: Design for mosquito abundance, diversity, and phenology sampling within the National Ecological Observatory Network 2016 Hoekman D, Springer YP, Barker CM, Barrera R, Blackmore MS, Bradshaw WE, Foley DH, Ginsberg HS, Hayden MH, Holzapfel CM, Juliano SA, Kramer LD, LaDeau SL, Livdahl TP, Moore CG, Nasci RS, Reisen WK, Savage HM Design for mosquito abundance, diversity, and phenology sampling within the National Ecological Observatory Network Ecosphere,
  • Christopher Barker: Tick-, mosquito-, and rodent-borne parasite sampling designs for the National Ecological Observatory Network 2016 Springer YP, Hoekman D, Johnson PTJ, Duffy PA, Hufft RA, Barnett DT, Allan BF, Amman BR, Barker CM, Barrera R, Beard CB, Beati L, Begon M, Blackmore MS, Bradshaw WE, Brisson D, Calisher CH, Childs JE, Diuk-Wasser MA, Douglass RJ, Eisen RJ, Foley DH, Foley JE, Gaff HD, Gardner SL, Ginsberg HS, Glass GE, Hamer SA, Hayden MH, Hjelle B, Holzapfel CM, Juliano SA, Kramer LD, Kuenzi AJ, LaDeau SL, Livdahl TP, Mills JN, Moore CG, Morand S, Nasci RS, Ogden NH, Ostfeld RS, Parmenter RR, Piesman J, Reisen WK, Savage HM, Sonenshine DE, Swei A, Yabsley MJ Tick-, mosquito-, and rodent-borne parasite sampling designs for the National Ecological Observatory Network Ecosphere,
  • Christopher Barker: Emergence or improved detection of Japanese encephalitis virus in the Himalayan highlands? 2016 Baylis M, Barker CM, Caminade C, Joshi BR, Pant GR, Rayamajhi A, Reisen WK, Impoinvil DE Emergence or improved detection of Japanese encephalitis virus in the Himalayan highlands? Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg,
  • Christopher Barker: West Nile virus, climate change, and circumpolar vulnerability 2016 Hoover KC, Barker CM West Nile virus, climate change, and circumpolar vulnerability WIREs Clim Change,
  • Christopher Barker: The impact of cycling temperature on the transmission of West Nile virus 2016 Danforth ME, Reisen WK, Barker CM The impact of cycling temperature on the transmission of West Nile virus J Med Entomol,
  • Christopher 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,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2016 Beard CB, Eisen R, Barker CM, Garofalo J, Hahn M, Hayden M, Monaghan A, Ogden N, Schramm P: Chapter 5: Vectorborne Diseases, , Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. .

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.