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Gabriel Hamer

Hamer, Gabriel
Gabriel Hamer
Associate 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


Research in the Hamer Lab 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, kissing bugs). We have focused primarily on vector-host interactions that lead to parasite amplification and increased disease risk. We utilize multidisciplinary tools to studying these complex disease systems, including molecular biology, landscape epidemiology, eco-immunology, and ecological modeling. A goal of our research is to elucidate mechanisms of transmission across space and time that facilitate ecological management of diseases with effective intervention and preventative strategies.


  • ENTO 618 Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • ENTO/VIBS 489/689 Methods in Vector-borne Disease Ecology


Poh, K. C., L. F. Chaves, M. Reyna-Nava, C. M. Roberts, C. Fredregill, R. Bueno, M. Debboun, G. L. Hamer. 2019. The influence of weather and weather variability on mosquito abundance and infection with West Nile virus in Harris County, Texas, USA. Science of the Total Environment.

Golnar A, Martin E, Wormington JD, Kading RC, Teel P, Hamer SA, Hamer GL. 2019. Reviewing the potential vectors and hosts of African swine fever virus transmission in the United States. Vector-borne andZoonotic Diseases. 19:512-524.

Martin E, M. Medeiros, E. Carbajal, E. Valdez, J. Juarez, S. Garcia Luna#, A. Salazar, W. Qualls, S. Hinojosa, M. Borucki, H. Manley, I. Badillo-Vargas, M. Frank, G. L. Hamer. 2019. Surveillance of Aedes aegypti indoors and outdoors using Autocidal Gravid Ovitraps in South Texas during local transmission of Zika virus, 2016 to 2018. Acta Tropica.

Kading R. C., Golnar A. J., Hamer S. A., Hamer G. L. 2018. Advanced surveillance and preparedness to meet a new era of invasive vectors and emerging vector-borne diseases. PLoS Neg Trop Dis. 12:e0006761.

Curtis-Robles R, S. A. Hamer, S. Lane S, M. Levy M, G. L. Hamer. 2018. Bionomics and spatial distribution of Triatomine vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi in Texas and other southern states, USA. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 98: 113-121.

Medeiros, M. C. I, E. C. Boothe, E. B. Roark, G. L. Hamer. 2017. Dispersal of male and female Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes using stable isotope enrichment. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 11(1): e0005347.

Bertram, M., S. A. Hamer, B. K. Hartup, K. F. Snowden, M. C. Medieros, D. C. Outlaw, G. L. Hamer. 2017. A novel Haemosporida clade at the rank of genus in North American cranes (Aves: Gruiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 109: 73-79.

Golnar, A. J., R. C. Kading, G. L. Hamer. 2017. Quantifying the pathways and locations of Rift Valley fever virus entry into the United States. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. doi:10.1111/tbed.12608.

Medeiros, M. C., R. E. Ricklefs, J. D. Brawn, M. O. Ruiz, T. L. Goldberg, G. L. Hamer. 2016. 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. 95:1121-1129.