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.
- Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University - (East Lansing, Michigan, United States) 2008
- M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Wildlife Ecology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - (Urbana, Illinois, United States) 2004
- B.S. in Natural Resources and environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Rockford - (Rockford, Illinois, United States) 2002
- Poh, K. C., Medeiros, M., & Hamer, G. L. (2020). Landscape and demographic determinants of Culex infection with West Nile virus during the 2012 epidemic in Dallas County, TX. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. 33, 100336-100336.
- Olson, M. F., Garcia-Luna, S., Juarez, J. G., Martin, E., Harrington, L. C., Eubanks, M. D., Badillo-Vargas, I. E., & Hamer, G. L. (2020). Sugar Feeding Patterns for Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes in South Texas. J Med Entomol. 57(4), 1111-1119.
- Estrada-Franco, J. G., Fernández-Santos, N. A., Adebiyi, A. A., de J. López-López, M., Aguilar-Durán, J. A., Hernández-Triana, L. M., ... Rodríguez-Pérez, M. A. (2020). Vertebrate-Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera)-arbovirus transmission networks: Non-human feeding revealed by meta-barcoding and next-generation sequencing. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 14(12), e0008867-e0008867.
- McDermott, E. G., Mullens, B. A., Mayo, C. E., Roark, E. B., Maupin, C. R., Gerry, A. C., & Hamer, G. L. (2019). Laboratory evaluation of stable isotope labeling of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) for adult dispersal studies. PARASITES & VECTORS. 12(1), 411.
- Poh, K. C., Chaves, L. F., Reyna-Nava, M., Roberts, C. M., Fredregill, C., Bueno, R., Debboun, M., & Hamer, G. L. (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. 675, 260-272.
- Catchmaster, Texas A&M Collaborate on COVID-19 Fly Study Pest Control Technology October 23, 2020
- Catchmaster, Texas A&M team up to study role of flies in COVID-19 spread Pest Management Professional October 20, 2020
- A&M study identifies positive COVID-19 cases in cats The Battalion August 18, 2020
- Texas A&M research project identifies COVID-19 positive pets in Brazos County AgriLife Today August 6, 2020
- Poh, Karen Chin (2018-12). Determinants of Spatial and Temporal Variation of West Nile Virus Transmission in Texas. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Bejcek, Justin Richard (2018-05). Differentiation among the North American Triatominae Species (Vectors of the Chagas Disease Parasite) and Their Commonly Misidentified Doppelg?ngers. (Master's Thesis)
- Boothe, Emily Cale (2015-05). Quantifying Dispersal Behavior and Abatement Efficacy for Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes albopictus in College Station, Texas. (Master's Thesis)
- Golnar, Andrew John (2014-12). Predicting the Introduction and Transmission of Rift Valley Fever Virus in the United States. (Master's Thesis)