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
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 (
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