Dr. Jason K. Blackburn
Director, Spatial Epidemiology & Ecology Research
Laboratory (SEER Lab)
diseases (those that affect animals and humans)
transmission pathways & spillover between species
modeling for epidemiology
Medical Geography (Minor: Pathobiology), Louisiana State University, 2006
Medical Geography, Louisiana State University, 2003
Physical Geography, Louisiana State University, 2001
GEOG 6938: Applications in GIS for
Spatial Epidemiology & Disease Ecology – offered in the spring semester
- Lentz JA, Blackburn JK, Curtis AJ
(2011) Evaluating Patterns of a White-Band Disease (WBD) Outbreak in Acropora
palmata Using Spatial Analysis: A Comparison of Transect and Colony
Clustering. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21830. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021830
A. Alexander, Jason K Blackburn, and Emmanuel A Frimpong. 2011.
Buffalo and Maslow's hammer. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
9: 302–303. doi:10.1890/1540-9295-9.5.302
- Kracalik, I., Lukhnova, L., Aikimbayev, A.,
Pazilov, Y., Temiralyeva, Blackburn, J.K. 2011. Incorporating
retrospective clustering into a prospective cusum methodology for anthrax:
Evaluating the effects of disease expectation. Spatial and Spatio-temporal
Epidemiology 2(1): 11-21.
- Blackburn, J.K., A. Curtis, T.L. Hadfield, B. O’Shea, M.A.
Mitchell, M.E. Hugh-Jones. 2010. Confirmation of Bacillus anthracis from Flesh-eating Flies Collected during a
West Texas Anthrax Season. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(3): 918-922.
- Blackburn, J.K. 2010. Integrating Geographic
Information Systems and Ecological Niche Modeling into Disease Ecology: A
Case Study of Bacillus anthracis in
the United States and Mexico. In: Emerging
and Endemic Pathogens. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A:
Chemisty and Biology 00(2): 59-88. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9637-1_7
K. Blackburn, Mark A. Mitchell, Mary-Claire Holley
Blackburn, Andrew Curtis and Bruce A. Thompson (2010) Evidence of
Antibiotic Resistance in Free-Swimming, Top-Level Marine Predatory Fishes.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: January 2010, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp.
- Joyner TA, Lukhnova L, Pazilov Y,
Temiralyeva G, Hugh-Jones ME, Aikimbayev, A., Blackburn, J.K.
(2010) Modeling the Potential Distribution of Bacillus anthracis
under Multiple Climate Change Scenarios for Kazakhstan. PLoS ONE 5(3):
- Aikembayev AM, Lukhnova L, Temiraliyeva G,
Meka-Mechenko T, Pazylov Y, Zakaryan S, Denissov, G., Easterday, RW, Van
Ert, MN, Keim, P, Francesconi, SC, Blackburn, JK, Hugh-Jones, ME,
Hadfield, T. Historical distribution and molecular diversity of Bacillus
anthracis, Kazakhstan. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2010
- Hugh-Jones, ME & Blackburn, JK.
2009. The ecology of Bacillus
anthracis. Molecular Aspects of Medicine 30(6): 356-367.
- Blackburn, J.K., A.
Curtis, F. Currin Mujica, F. Jones, P. Dorn, R. Coates. 2008. The
Development of the Chagas’ Online Data Entry System (CODES-GIS).
Transactions in GIS 12(2): 249-265.
Graduate Students Currently Supervised
- Jocelyn Mullins Ph.D. (Spring 2011 - present)
In My Own
I am an Assistant Professor of Geography and a
principal investigator in the Emerging Pathogens Institute (www.epi.ufl.edu).
I am also the director of the Spatial Epidemiology and Ecology Research
Laboratory (SEER Lab), which is jointly housed in Geography and the EPI. My
research interests focus on the ecology and spatio-temporal patterns of
zoonotic diseases, those that impact animals and humans. Primarily my
laboratory is concentrated on bacterial pathogens, such as anthrax,
brucellosis, plague, and tularemia. We employ ecological niche modeling,
spatio-temporal clustering techniques, and ecological modeling to historical
and field-collected empirical data related to disease outbreaks and pathogen
distributions. Specifically we work on select agent studies in the former
Soviet Republics of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and
Uzbekistan, as well as Botswana, and the American West. I also work with colleagues from the UF Vet
School on projects in St. Kitts and Nevis and the island nation of Dominica.
The SEER Lab is currently funded by CRDF Global, the Department of Energy, the
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National
Institutes of Health (through MIDAS and NIEHS funding), and the USDA. In addition my lab’s work on zoonotic
diseases, I also have research interests and continue to publish on shark
biology and ecology, marine mammal biology, and large predatory cats (cougars
and ocelots) in Texas. My teaching philosophy is to directly engage students in
research and the scientific writing process in the classroom and in the field. My graduate students gain direct research
experience through involvement in domestic and international projects and
co-publication of their graduate research. My course material is updated each
year with new literature, new GIS practical labs, and new techniques being
applied in Medical Geography, Spatial Epidemiology, and Disease Ecology.