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Gabriel Hamer

Hamer, Gabriel
Gabriel Hamer
Assistant Professor
Heep Center Room 515
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 2002
Graduate Education
Post-doctoral Associate, Dept of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, 2010-2011
Post-doctoral Associate, Dept of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-2010
Ph.D. Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2008
M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois, 2004


My research broadly investigates the ecology of infectious diseases of humans, wild animals, and domestic animals, with particular attention to those transmitted by arthropod vectors (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks, midges).  I have focused primarily on vector-host interactions that lead to parasite amplification and increased disease risk.  I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to studying these complex disease systems, including molecular biology, landscape epidemiology, eco-immunology and ecological modeling.  A goal of my research is to elucidate mechanisms of transmission across space and time that facilitate ecological management of diseases with effective intervention and preventative strategies.


Castellanos, A.A., M.C.I. Medeiros, G.L. Hamer, M.E. Morrow, M.D. Eubanks, P.D. Teel, S.A. Hamer, and J.E. Light. In press. Decreased small mammal and tick abundance in association with invasive red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta). Biology Letters.

Medeiros, M. C., R. E. Ricklefs, J. D. Brawn, M. O. Ruiz, T. L. Goldberg, G. L. Hamer. In press. Overlap in the seasonal infection patterns of avian malaria parasites and West Nile virus in vectors and hosts. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Hamer, G. L. 2016. Heterogeneity of mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) control community size, research productivity, and arboviral diseases across the United States. Journal of Medical Entomology. 53: 485-495.

Curtis-Robles R., Wozniak E. J., Auckland L. D., Hamer G. L., Hamer S. A. 2015. Combining public health education and disease ecology research: Using citizen science to assess Chagas disease entomological risk in Texas. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(12): e0004235.

Hamer S. A., A. C. Weghorst, L.D. Auckland, E. B. Roark, O. F. Strey, P. D. Teel, G. L. Hamer. 2015. Comparison of DNA and carbon and nitrogen stable isotope-based techniques for tick blood meal analysis. Journal of Medical Entomology. 52:1043-1049.

Hamer G. L., T. K. Anderson, D. J. Donovan, J. D. Brawn, B. L. Krebs, A. M. Gardner, M. O. Ruiz, W. M. Brown, U. D. Kitron, C. M Newman, T. L. Goldberg, E. D. Walker. 2014. Dispersal of adult Culex mosquitoes in an urban West Nile virus hotspot: a mark-capture study incorporating stable isotope enrichment of natural larval habitats. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 8:e2768.

Medeiros, M. C., G. L. Hamer, R. E. Ricklefs. 2013. Host compatibility rather than vector-host encounter rate determines the host range of avian Plasmodium parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 280.

Hamer, G. L., L. F. Chaves, T. K. Anderson, U. D. Kitron, J. D. Brawn, M. O. Ruiz, S. R. Loss, E. D. Walker, T. L. Goldberg. 2011 Fine-scale variation in vector host use and force of infection drive localized patterns of West Nile virus transmission. PLoS ONE. 6:e23767.

Hamer, G. L., U. D. Kitron, J. D. Brawn, S. R. Loss, M. O. Ruiz, T. L. Goldberg, D. Hayes, and E. D. Walker. 2009. Host selection by Culex pipiens and West Nile virus amplification. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and  Hygiene. 80:268-278.