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Brian F Allan

Associate Director for Academic Affairs, School of Integrative Biology; Professor, Entomology

Research Description

Ecology of infectious diseases

Brian is broadly interested in the ecology of infectious diseases, particularly diseases transmitted via the bite of an infected arthropod (e.g., ticks, mosquitoes). Much of Brian's research focuses upon the consequences of human-mediated global change, such as climate change and human land-use, on the risk of exposure to parasites and pathogens carried by wildlife. While Brian works on these questions in a wide variety of wildlife communities and disease systems, he is especially interested in understanding the effects of landscape change on the emergence and transmission of tick-borne diseases. He uses a broad array of tools in approaching these questions, including molecular technologies, remote sensing applications, and theoretical modeling.


PhD, 2009, Washington University in St. Louis

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Entomology
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor, Center for African Studies

Recent Publications

Chakraborty, S., Sander, W., Allan, B. F., & Andrade, F. C. D. (2024). Sociodemographic factors associated with Kyasanur forest disease in India - a retrospective study. IJID Regions, 10, 219-227.

Capel, S. L. R., Allan, B. F., Favela, A., Clem, C. S., Ooi, S. K., Virrueta Herrera, S., Wilson, L. J., & Strickland, L. R. (2023). Education in the Anthropocene: assessing planetary health science standards in the USA. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 290(2007), Article 20230975.

Chakrabortyid, S., Gao, S., Allan, B. F., & Smith, R. L. (2023). Effects of cattle on vector-borne disease risk to humans: A systematic review. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 2023-December, Article e0011152.

Flenniken, J. M., Tuten, H. C., Rose Vineer, H., Phillips, V. C., Stone, C. M., & Allan, B. F. (2022). Environmental Drivers of Gulf Coast Tick (Acari: Ixodidae) Range Expansion in the United States. Journal of medical entomology, 59(5), 1625-1635.

Mackay, A. J., Muturi, E. J., Moen, E. M., Holland, M., & Allan, B. F. (2022). Influence of vegetation and vegetation management on Culex mosquitoes in surface stormwater habitats. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 30(5), 929-944.

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