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
- Golnar, A. J., Martin, E., Wormington, J. D., Kading, R. C., Teel, P. D., Hamer, S. A., & Hamer, G. L. (2019). Reviewing the Potential Vectors and Hosts of African Swine Fever Virus Transmission in the United States. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 19(7), 512-524.
- Wormington, J. D., Golnar, A., Poh, K. C., Kading, R. C., Martin, E., Hamer, S. A., & Hamer, G. L. (2019). Risk of African Swine Fever Virus Sylvatic Establishment and Spillover to Domestic Swine in the United States. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 19(7), 506-511.
- Martin, E., Medeiros, M., Carbajal, E., Valdez, E., Juarez, J. G., Garcia-Luna, S., ... Hamer, G. L. (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. 192, 129-137.
- Faiman, R., Dao, A., Yaro, A. S., Diallo, M., Djibril, S., Sanogo, Z. L., ... Lehmann, T. (2019). Marking mosquitoes in their natural larval sites using 2H‐enriched water: A promising approach for tracking over extended temporal and spatial scales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10(8), 1274-1285.
- Hodo, C. L., Forgacs, D., Auckland, L. D., Bass, K., Lindsay, C., Bingaman, M., ... Hamer, S. A. (2019). Presence of diverse Rickettsia spp. and absence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in ticks in an East Texas forest with reduced tick density associated with controlled burns. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 11(1), 101310-101310.
- 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)