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Chris Barker- BS, MS, PhD
Asssitant Adjunct Profesor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology


Research Focus


Specialty Focus

Center For Vector Borne Diseases


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

Principal Investigator, Impact of climate change on mosquito-borne arbovirus transmission, (Principal Investigator), United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Principal Investigator, Modeling and GIS to enhance arboviral surveillance in the Coachella Valley of California, (Principal Investigator), Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Langevin S, Bowen R, Ramey W, Sanders T, Maharaj P, Fang Y, Cornelius J, Barker CM, Reisen W, Beasley D, Barrett A, Kinney R, Huang C, Brault AC Envelope and pre-membrane protein structural amino acid mutations mediate diminished avian growth and virulence of a Mexican West Nile virus isolate J Gen Virol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Thiemann TC, Wheeler SS, Barker CM, Reisen WK Mosquito Host Selection Varies Seasonally with Host Availability and Mosquito Density PLoS Negl Trop Dis,
  • Link Icon 2011 Carney RM, Ahearn SC, McConchie A, Glaser C, Jean C, Barker CM, Park BK, Padgett K, Kramer VL Early warning system for West Nile virus risk areas, California, USA Emerg Inf Dis,
  • Link Icon 2011 Brault AC, Langevin SA, Ramey WN, Fang Y, Beasley DWC, Barker CM, Sanders TA, Reisen WK, Barrett ADT, Bowen RA Reduced avian virulence and viremia of West Nile virus isolates from Mexico and Texas Am J Trop Med Hyg,
  • Link Icon 2011 Boyce WM, Vickers W, Morrison SA, Sillett TS, Caldwell L, Wheeler SS, Barker CM, Cummings R, Reisen WK Surveillance for West Nile Virus and Vaccination of Free-Ranging Island Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma insularis) on Santa Cruz Island, California Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis,
  • Link Icon 2010 Barker CM, Kramer VL, Reisen WK Decision support system for mosquito and arbovirus control in California Earthzine: an IEEE publication fostering earth observation and global awareness,
  • Link Icon 2010 Barker CM, Eldridge BF, Reisen WK Seasonal abundance of Culex tarsalis and Culex pipiens complex mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in California J Med Entomol,
  • Link Icon 2010 Kwan JL, Kluh S, Madon MB, Nguyen DV, Barker CM, Reisen WK Sentinel chicken seroconversions track tangential transmission of West Nile virus to humans in the greater Los Angeles area of California Am J Trop Med Hyg,
  • Link Icon 2010 Eisen L, Barker CM, Moore CG, Pape WJ, Winters AM, Cheronis N Irrigated agriculture is an important risk factor for West Nile virus disease in the hyperendemic Larimer-Boulder-Weld area of north central Colorado J Med Entomol,
  • Link Icon 2010 Reisen WK, Thiemann T, Barker CM, Lu H, Carroll B, Fang Y, Lothrop HD Effects of warm winter temperature on the abundance and gonotrophic activity of Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) in California J Med Entomol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

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.