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Barbara Han

NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Georgia
Room 151, Ecology Bldg.
Athens, GA 30602

Lab: 706-583-5538
Fax: (706) 542-4819
email: han@uga.edu

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Ph.D.,  Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

B.S. in Biology,  Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University

Research Interests

  • infectious disease ecology
  • evolution and ecology of animal behavior
  • computational methods in ecology
  • ecohealth and conservation science
  • applications of machine learning to ecology

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation, Research Coordination Network. Macroecology of Infectious Disease. Core participant. Principal investigators: Patrick Stephens, Alonso Aguirre, Sonia Altizer, Robert Poulin, Katherine Smith. (2013 - 2018)

National Institutes of Health Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship. Machine learning to forecast zoonotic disease emergence. (7/2011-7/2014)  ~$160,000

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology, Biological Informatics. Allometric scaling of infectious disease dynamics: integrating theory and empirical data. (11/2008-10/2010)   ~$123,000

National Institutes of Health Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship. Allometric scaling and infectious disease dynamics (2008-2011; awarded but not accepted)   ~$126,000

National Institutes of Health Graduate Research Festival. Invited research presentation, postdoctoral recruitment event. Environmental factors mediate the ecology of a globally emerging infectious pathogen. (2006)  All-expenses paid attendance*

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Budweiser Conservation Scholarship. Amphibian declines and a globally emerging infectious disease. (2006-2007)  $10,000

Korean American Scholarship Foundation, Designated scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, community service, and talent.  (2006)*

U.S. Fulbright Fellowship, U.S. Department of State. Disease ecology of an emerging infectious amphibian pathogen. Affiliations: Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (Caracas) and Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida) (2004-2005)  $18,000

National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Honorable mentions
(2003 and 2004)*

Oregon State University, Zoology Research Fund Awards (2003 and 2004)*

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Grant in Aid of Research (2003)*

*value < $10,000

Professional Affiliations

Ecological Society of America

The EcoHealth Consortium


Selected Publications

Han, B.A. and Altizer, S. Invited chapter, Infectious Disease and Conservation, in The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (2nd edition). Levin, S. (Ed.) Academic Press. In press.

Han, B.A., Rushmore, J., Fritzsche, A., Satterfield, D., and Winternitz, J. 2012. Preempting pandemics. Science, 337:647-648.

Kats, L.B., Bucciarelli, G., Schlais, D.E., Blaustein, A.R., and Han, B.A. 2012. Ultraviolet radiation influences perch selection by a neotropical poison-dart frog. PLoS ONE, 7:e51364. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051364

Han, B.A., Searle, C.L., and Blaustein, A.R. 2011. The effects of an infectious fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, on amphibian predator-prey interactions. PLoS ONE, 6:e16675. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016675.

Altizer, S., Bartel, R., and Han, B.A. 2011. Animal migration and infectious disease risk. Science, 331:296-302.

Blaustein, A.R., Han, B.A., Relyea, R., Johnson, P.T.J., Buck, J., Gervasi, S. and Kats, L.B. 2011. The complexity of amphibian population declines: understanding the role of cofactors in driving amphibian losses. The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology (Ostfeld, R.S. and Schlesinger, W.H., eds.), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.1223:108-119. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05909.x.

Bancroft, B.A., Han, B.A., Searle, C.L., Biga, L.M., Olson, D.H., Kats, L.B., Lawler, J.J., and Blaustein, A.R. 2011. Species-level correlates of susceptibility to the pathogenic amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the United States. Online First, Biodiversity and Conservation. doi: 10.1007/s10531-011-0066-4.

Romansic, J.R., Johnson, P.T.J., Searle, C.L., Johnson, J.E., Tunstall, T., Han, B.A., Rohr, J.R., and Blaustein, A.R. 2011. Individual and combined effects of multiple pathogens on Pacific treefrogs. Oecologia, Online First. doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-1932-1.

Searle, C.L., Belden, L.K., Bancroft, B.A., Han, B.A., Biga, L.F., and Blaustein, A.R. 2010. Experimental examination of the effects of ultraviolet-B radiation in combination with other stressors in frog larvae. Oecologia, 162:237-245.

Han, B.A., Bradley, P.W., and Blaustein, A.R. 2008. Ancient behaviors of larval amphibians in response to an emerging fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63:241-250.

Lampo, M., Sánchez, D., Nicolás, A., Márquez, M., Nava-González, F., Garcia, C.Z., Rinaldi, M., Rodríguez-Contreras, A., León, Fabiola, Han, B.A., Chacón-Ortiz, A. 2008. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Venezuela. Herpetological Review, 39:449-454.

Sánchez, D.A., Chacón-Ortiz, A., León, R., Han, B.A., and Lampo, M. 2008. Widespread occurrence of an emerging pathogen in amphibian communities of the Venezuelan Andes. Biological Conservation, 141:2898-2905.

Han, B.A., Kats, L.B., Pommerening, R.C., Ferrer, R.P., Murry-Ewers, M. and Blaustein A.R. 2007. Behavioral avoidance of ultraviolet-B radiation by two species of neotropical poisondart frogs. Biotropica, 39:433-435.

Lampo, M., Barrio-Amoros, C.L., and Han, B.A. 2006. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in the recently rediscovered Atelopus mucubajiensis (Anura, Bufonidae) in the Venezuelan Andes. EcoHealth, 3:299-302.

Johnson, P.T.J., Preu, E. R., Sutherland, D. R., Romansic, J., Han, B.A., and Blaustein, A.R. 2006. Adding infection to injury: Synergistic effects of predation and parasitism on salamander limb malformations. Ecology, 87:2227–2235.

Blaustein, A. R., Romansic, J. M., Scheessele, E. A., Han, B.A., Pessier, A.P., and Longcore, J.E. 2005. Interspecific variation in susceptibility of frog tadpoles to the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Conservation Biology, 19:1460-1468.

Blaustein, A.R., Han, B., Fasy, B., Romansic, J., Scheessele, E.A., Anthony, R.G., Marco, A., Chivers, D.P., Belden, L.K., Kiesecker, J.M., Garcia, T.S., Lizana, M. and Kats, L.B. 2004. Variable breeding phenology affects the exposure of amphibian embryos to ultraviolet radiation and Optical characteristics of natural waters protect amphibians from UV-B in the U.S. Pacific Northwest: Comment. Ecology, 85:1747-1754.

Barbara Han