SEER Lab has an active graduate training program and SEER Lab students are active in research, teaching, international training (GIS and epidemiology) and field research. Get to know our graduate students.

Current PhD Students

SEER Lab is current recruiting for a fully funded PhD student in the Department of Geography's Medical Geography in Global Health program. This position is funded by a US Defense Threat Reduction Agency grant from the Biological Threat Reduction Agency to study anthrax and brucellosis in humans and livestock in northern Vietnam using a One Health approach. Students should hold an MS/MA or MPH/MScPH and have an interest in, and experience with, KAP surveys or ecological niche modeling. SEER Lab is an equal opportunity employer and preference will be given for students with experience working Southeast Asia or Vietnamese speakers. Students interested should:

1) email a letter of interest to Dr. Jason K. Blackburn ( and writing samples (previous thesis or published works);

2) visit the UF Graduate School's website and learn about the admissions process;

3) visit the UF Geography Graduate Program homepage and learn about the process within the department.


Past SEER Lab Students


Emily Dinh, PhD 2019. Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Transmission Risk in North Florida free-Ranging Ranched and Wild White-Tailed Deer.

Current position: Michigan State Veterinary Office, State Medical Entomologist.


Anni Yang, PhD 2019. Multi-scale Modeling for Zoonosis Transmission: Exploring Two Indirectly Transmitted Pathogens in Southwestern Montana.

Current position: USDA/CSU Fort Collins, Postdoctoral Fellow in Wildlife modeling animal contact and disease transmission.


*Sheldon Waugh, PhD 2018. Investigating Spatial Dynamics of Zoonoses between Animal and Human Populations: A One-Health Perspective. *Sheldon was an Epidemiology student, but co-advised by Blackburn, with all data and resources to study brucellosis (2 of 3 studies in the dissertation) funded by Blackburn and SEER Lab.

Current position:Epidemiologist, US Army Public Health Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground.


Ian T. Kracalik, PhD 2017. Impact of Zoonotic Diseases Control Policies: An Evaluation of Three Countries of the Former Soviet Union.

Current position: past CDC Epidemiological Intelligence Service (2017 – 2019). Currently, Uniformed Officer in Public Health Service with the CDC-Atlanta.


Dawn Nekorchuk, PhD, Geography 2017. Modeling Indirect Transmission Disease Risk: Anthrax in Bison in Southwestern Montana.

Current position: past Staff Medical Geography Scientist, SEER Lab through June 2017. Currently, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Oklahoma EcoGRAPH Group.



Alassane Barro, PhD, 2016. Integrating Geographical Information Systems and the Ecological Niche Modeling Framework to Characterize the Spatial Ecology of Anthrax in Australia.

Current position: past Spatial Epidemiologist, State Department of Health, Texas (2015 – 2018). Currently with National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.


Lillian R. Morris, PhD, 2016. Wildlife Movement and Disease Risk: Anthrax Transmission in Montana.

Current position: Spatial Epidemiologist, State Department of Health, Washington.


Jocelyn C. Mullins, PhD, 2013. Combining Genetic Diversity and Spatio-temporal Data to Characterize the Spatial Ecolog of Anthrax Across Multiple Scales.

Current position: past CDC Epidemiological Intelligence Service (2013 – 2015); Currently on faculty at St. Joseph’s School of Public Health in Connecticut and the State Public Health Veterinarian in Connecticut.


Master’s Students (as advisor; committee chair)

Morgan Walker, MS 2019. Ungulate Use of Locally Infectious Zones (LIZs) in a Re-Emerging Anthrax Risk Area.

Current position: past SEER Lab TEAMS BioScientist II. Currently, Spatial Epidemiologist for Vietnam Projects.


Jake Hightower, MS, 2012. Examining the Distribution of Francisella tularensis, the Causative Agent of Tularemia, in Ukraine Using Ecological Niche Modeling.

Current position: past Enrolled in UF Geography PhD Program, 2012.


Timothy Andrew Joyner, 2010. Ecological niche modeling of a zoonosis: A case study using anthrax outbreaks and climate change in Kazakhstan.

Current position: past Earned PhD from LSU. Currently, faculty at Eastern Tennessee State University.


Ian T. Kracalik, MA (CSU Fullerton), 2009. Spatial and temporal analyses of anthrax: an exploratory retrospective and prospective examination of outbreaks in Kazakhstan.

Current position: past Moved to UF as Research Program Coordinator for SEER Lab 2009 – 2015, PhD Student 2015-2017 (see above).

Past CSUF SEER Lab Students

Prior to joining the faculty at UF, Dr. Blackburn managed the SEER Lab when it was housed at Cal State Fullerton (2007-2009). During that period, Dr. Blackburn advised several students and served on several MA thesis committees.

Pamela Rittelmeyer (2011). M.A. Cal State Fullerton, Blackburn Courtesy Advisor (after moving to UF)

Thesis title: Predicting the potential geographic distribution of three highly migratory pelagic fishes using ecological niche modeling


Ian T. Kracalik (2009). M.A. Cal State Fullerton

Thesis title: Spatial and temporal analyses of anthrax: An exploratory retrospective and prospective examination of outbreaks in Kazakhstan