SEER Lab People

The SEER Lab is interdisciplinary by design, including a broad range of skills and talents across our team of faulty, full-time research staff, postdocs, grads and undergrads. SEER Personnel are hired through and paid through Geography Department, but housed across the SEER Lab facilities at EPI and Geography. Graduate students are enrolled in Geography, but take course work from a number of departments across UF.  Disease by their nature are complex and understanding these complexities requires a diverse team. Faculty associated with the lab have backgrounds in medical geography, veterinary epidemiology, wildlife ecology, molecular biology and evolution and microbiology. Staff and students have broad backgrounds as well.

Faculty and Full-time Staff

Dr. Jason K. Blackburn, SEER Lab Director
Dr. Matthew Van Ert, EPI Adjunct Professor, Molecular and Microbiology
Dr. Ted Hadfield, Adjunct Professor of Geography, Courtesy Appointment Infectious Diseases and Pathology, UF Vet School
Rebecca Shuman, Biological Scientist II, Department of Geography

 

Current Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Juan Pablo Gomez

Current Doctoral Students

Alassane Barro is a doctoral student in Geography and will be working with Dr. Blackburn on the spatial and ecological patterns of anthrax in Australia with a focus on Victoria. Alassane will be integrating ecological niche modeling and remote sensing to develop national, regional, and local scale estimates of risk zones for the Department of Environment and Primary Industries of Victoria. This is a collaborative project with DEPI and UF Geography each contributing funding and resources.

Eve Bohnett is a doctoral student in Geography and is working with Dr. Blackburn on resource selection by elk in relation to disease transmission risk in southwestern Montana with a focus on anthrax.  SEER Lab has been tracking elk with GPS collars in Montana since early 2010 and these data will serve as the basis for some of Eve’s dissertation work. This is a collaborative project between SEER Lab, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Turner Enterprises, Inc. This project is funded  by the NSF/NIH EEID Program as an NIH R-01 to SEER Lab.

Emily Dinh is a doctoral student in Geography working with Dr. Blackburn on the spatio-temporal patterns of orbivirus vectors in Florida and their relationship to deer and exotic wildlife movements and resource selection in Florida. This work is funded by the Cervid Health Research Initiative. Emily is also a Grinter Supplement awardee in Geography.

Ian Kracalik is a doctoral student in Geography working with Dr. Blackburn on the spatio-temporal patterns and ecology of human cutaneous anthrax in the Republic of Georgia, livestock anthrax management in Ukraine, and human brucellosis control in Azerbaijan. Ian is also a GIS analyst and GIS instruction for the CDC Funded project to map the spatial distribution of anthrax in Ghana.

Dawn Nekorchuk is doctoral student in Geography and co-chaired with Dr. Liang Mao. Dawn is working with Dr. Blackburn on evaluating the effect of vaccination on protecting plains bison during wildlife anthrax outbreaks using agent based models.

Anni Yang is a doctoral student in Geography and is working with Dr. Blackburn on resource selection by elk in relation to disease transmission risk in southwestern Montana with a focus on anthrax.  SEER Lab has been tracking elk with GPS collars in Montana since early 2010 and these data will serve as the basis for some of Anni’s dissertation work. This is a collaborative project between SEER Lab, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Turner Enterprises, Inc. This project is funded  by the NSF/NIH EEID Program as an NIH R-01 to SEER Lab.

Current Masters Students

Dr. Karen Prine, veterinarian (Co-chaired with Dr. Phil Kauffman of Entomology at UF). Karen is working on the spatio-temporal patterns of gopher tortoise .

 

Current Undergrads

Alexandra Campione – Biology major working on orbivirus transmission dynamics using camera trap data on deer feeder use in captive/free range deer

Max Morris – Geography/Environmental Sciences major working on spatio-temporal patterns of Culicoides insects on a deer ranch in North Florida

 

SEER Lab Alumni

Dr. Jocelyn Mullins, PhD 2013. Currently working as a CDC EIS Officer. As of August 2013, Jocelyn is currently with the Connecticut Department of Health working cooperatively with the State Veterinary Office.

Dr. Lillian R. Morris, PhD 2016. Currently working as Spatial Epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Public Health.

Lillian R. Morris, MS 2013. Lili continued as PhD student, graduating in May 2016.

Allison Schlack, Honors thesis with Highest Honors, 2013. Allison is currently working as an epidemiology fellow in Washington DC.

Luke Smith – Luke is an undergrad prevet student at UF.

Lindsay Bell (undergrad) – Lindsay worked on the spatial patterns and ecological niche modeling of Bacillus anthracis in Kyrgyzstan for the CRDF Global project. Lindsay is now in the MPH program at USF.

Hannah Cutright (undergrad) – Hannah is now in Vet School at Auburn.

Ulrica Diamond (undergrad) – Ulrica was funded by NIH/MIDAS Project to work on the spatio-temporal patterns of cholera in Haiti. Ulrica still works for the SEER Lab on this project while pursuing other interests in GIS in the private sector.

Jake Hightower, MS 2012. Jake is current a PhD student in Geography at UF.

Timothy Andrew Joyner, MS 2010. Andrew recently finished his PhD at Louisiana State University in Disaster related GIS modeling and is now on faculty at Eastern Tennessee State University and a drone-based GIS mapping expert.