Christopher Barker

Christopher Barker

Associate Professor

Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

5329 Vet Med 3A, Davis, CA 95616

2008, PhD, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
2005, MS, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
2001, MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
1998, BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Active Research Grants
Other, Quantifying heterogeneities in dengue virus transmission dynamics, TW Scott (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health, NIAID (P01)
Principal Investigator, Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, (Principal Investigator), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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
Principal Investigator, Arbovirus Surveillance in California, (Principal Investigator), Public Health Foundation Enterprises
Co-Investigator, RAPID: Overcoming uncertainty to enable estimation and forecasting of Zika virus, TA Perkins (Principal Investigator), National Science Foundation
Co-Investigator, Methods for reducing spatial uncertainty and bias in disease surveillance, Supplement to support Zika virus clinical trials, Lessler, Justin (Johns Hopkins Univ) (Principal Investigator), NIH, NIAID
Honors and Awards
2001 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award, Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California
2005 UC Davis Graduate Student Travel Award
2006 William Hazeltine Student Research Fellowship
2007 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Travel Award
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
2013 Secretary (elected by board), Board of Trustees, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District
2014 Vice President (elected by board), Board of Trustees, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District
2015 Invited 2015 Thompson Lecturer, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Advanced Study Program (
2017 Council member, American Committee on Medical Entomology (elected by ACME membership)
Most Recent Five 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.
Research Focus
Ecology and epidemiology of mosquitoborne viruses
Specialty Focus
Pathogens of interest: West Nile, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and Rift Valley fever virusesClimate and landscape factors driving mosquitoborne virus transmissionProcess-based estimates of transmission riskVector-pathogen interactionsSurveillance and control of mosquitoborne virusesEarly warning and decision support systems
Ten Recent Publications

Carlson JS, Nelms B, Barker CM, Reisen WK, Sehgal RNM, Cornel AJ
Avian malaria co-infections confound infectivity and vector competence assays of Plasmodium homopolare

DeFelice NB, Schneider ZD, Little E, Barker CM, Caillouet KA, Campbell SR, Damian D, Irwin P, Jones HMP, Townsend J, Shaman J
Use of temperature to improve West Nile virus forecasts

Sadeghi M, Altan E, Deng X, Barker CM, Fang Y, Coffey LL, Delwart E
Virome of > 12 thousand Culex mosquitoes from throughout California

Main BJ, Nicholson J, Winokur OC, Steiner CD, Riemersma KK, Stuart J, Takeshita R, Krasnec M, Barker CM, Coffey LL
Vector competence of Aedes aegypti, Culex tarsalis, and Culex quinquefasciatus from California for Zika virus

Siraj AS, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Barker CM, Tejedor-Garavito N, Harding D, Lorton C, Lukacevic D, Oates G, Espana G, Kraemer MUG, Manore C, Johansson MA, Tatem AJ, Reiner RC, Perkins TA
Spatiotemporal incidence of Zika and associated environmental drivers for the 2015-2016 epidemic in Colombia

Cromwell EA, Stoddard ST, Barker CM, Van Rie A, Messer WB, Meshnick SR, Morrison AC, Scott TW
The relationship between entomological indicators of Aedes aegypti abundance and dengue virus infection

Oidtman RJ, Christofferson RC, Ten Bosch QA, Espana G, Kraemer MU, Tatem A, Barker CM, Perkins TA
Pokémon Go and Exposure to Mosquito-Borne Diseases: How Not to Catch ‘Em All