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Sarah A Hamer

Assistant Professor

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Department: VIBS

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  • D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University 2011
  • Ph.D. Fisheries & Wildlife and Ecology, Michigan State University 2010
  • M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois 2003
  • B.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois 2001

Scholarly Interests

Disease ecology and epidemiology; one health initiative; wildlife diseases; vector-borne diseases; ticks; Lyme disease and other tick-borne zoonoses; Chagas disease; conservation medicine


Pathology in Practice: Infectious laryngotracheitis virus in organic laying chickens, Michigan.
Hamer SA, Amuzie CJ, Williams KJ, Smedley RC.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013 Feb; 242(4):477-9.
PMID: 23363279 [PubMed - in process]
Coincident Tick Infestations in the Nostrils of Wild Chimpanzees and a Human in Uganda.
Hamer SA, Bernard AB, Donovan RM, Hartel JA, Wrangham RW, Otali E, Goldberg TL.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Sep; .
PMID: 24080634 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Wild birds and urban ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2005-2010.
Hamer SA, Goldberg TL, Kitron UD, Brawn JD, Anderson TK, Loss SR, Walker ED, Hamer GL.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Oct; 18(10):1589-95.
PMID: 23017244 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Human Risk of Infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme Disease Agent, in Eastern United States.
Diuk-Wasser MA, Hoen AG, Cislo P, Brinkerhoff R, Hamer SA, Rowland M, Cortinas R, Vourc'h G, Melton F, Hickling GJ, Tsao JI, Bunikis J, Barbour AG, Kitron U, Piesman J, Fish D.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Feb; 86(2):320-327.
PMID: 22302869 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Geographic Variation in the Relationship between Human Lyme Disease Incidence and Density of Infected Host-Seeking Ixodes scapularis Nymphs in the Eastern United States.
Pepin KM, Eisen RJ, Mead PS, Piesman J, Fish D, Hoen AG, Barbour AG, Hamer S, Diuk-Wasser MA.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Jun; 86(6):1062-1071.
PMID: 22665620 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Synchronous phenology of juvenile Ixodes scapularis, vertebrate host relationships, and associated patterns of Borrelia burgdorferi ribotypes in the midwestern United States.
Hamer SA, Hickling GJ, Sidge JL, Walker ED, Tsao JI.
Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2012 Apr; 3(2):65-74.
PMID: 22297162 [PubMed - in process]
Wild birds as sentinels for multiple zoonotic pathogens along an urban to rural gradient in greater chicago, illinois.
Hamer SA, Lehrer E, Magle SB.
Zoonoses Public Health. 2012 Aug; 59(5):355-64.
PMID: 22353581 [PubMed - in process]
Two Boundaries Separate Borrelia burgdorferi Populations in North America.
Margos G, Tsao JI, Castillo-Ramírez S, Girard YA, Hamer SA, Hoen AG, Lane RS, Raper SL, Ogden NH.
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Sep; 78(17):6059-67.
PMID: 22729536 [PubMed - in process]
Associations of passerine birds, rabbits, and ticks with Borrelia miyamotoi and Borrelia andersonii in Michigan, U.S.A.
Hamer SA, Hickling GJ, Keith R, Sidge JL, Walker ED, Tsao JI.
Parasit Vectors. 2012 Oct; 5:231.
PMID: 23057837 [PubMed - in process]
Borrelia burgdorferi not detected in widespread Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) collected from white-tailed deer in Tennessee.
Rosen ME, Hamer SA, Gerhardt RR, Jones CJ, Muller LI, Scott MC, Hickling GJ.
J Med Entomol. 2012 Nov; 49(6):1473-80.
PMID: 23270178 [PubMed - in process]
Ixodes scapularis and Borrelia burgdorferi among diverse habitats within a natural area in east-central Illinois.
Rydzewski J, Mateus-Pinilla N, Warner RE, Hamer S, Weng HY.
Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2011 Oct; 11(10):1351-8.
PMID: 21688974 [PubMed - in process]
Diverse Borrelia burgdorferi strains in a bird-tick cryptic cycle.
Hamer SA, Hickling GJ, Sidge JL, Rosen ME, Walker ED, Tsao JI.
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Mar; 77(6):1999-2007.
PMID: 21257811 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
High-prevalence Borrelia miyamotoi infection among wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in Tennessee.
Scott MC, Rosen ME, Hamer SA, Baker E, Edwards H, Crowder C, Tsao JI, Hickling GJ.
J Med Entomol. 2010 Nov; 47(6):1238-42.
PMID: 21175079 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Invasion of the lyme disease vector Ixodes scapularis: implications for Borrelia burgdorferi endemicity.
Hamer SA, Tsao JI, Walker ED, Hickling GJ.
Ecohealth. 2010 Aug; 7(1):47-63.
PMID: 20229127 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Field and climate-based model for predicting the density of the Lyme disease vector Ixodes scapularis in the United States.
Diuk-Wasser MA, Vourc’h G. Cislo P, Gatewood AG, Melton F, Hamer SA, Rowland M, Cortinas MR, Hickling GJ, Tsao JI, Kitron U, Piesman J, Fish D..
Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2010 ; 19:504-514.
Climate and tick seasonality are predictors of Borrelia burgdorferi genotype distribution.
Gatewood AG, Liebman KA, Vourc'h G, Bunikis J, Hamer SA, Cortinas R, Melton F, Cislo P, Kitron U, Tsao J, Barbour AG, Fish D, Diuk-Wasser MA.
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Apr; 75(8):2476-83.
PMID: 19251900 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Use of tick surveys and serosurveys to evaluate pet dogs as a sentinel species for emerging Lyme disease.
Hamer SA, Tsao JI, Walker ED, Mansfield LS, Foster ES, Hickling GJ.
Am J Vet Res. 2009 Jan; 70(1):49-56.
PMID: 19119948 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Zoonotic pathogens in Ixodes scapularis, Michigan.
Hamer SA, Roy PL, Hickling GJ, Walker ED, Foster ES, Barber CC, Tsao JI.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Jul; 13(7):1131-3.
PMID: 18214207 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Does the roosting behavior of birds affect transmission dynamics of West Nile virus?
Ward MP, Raim A, Yaremych-Hamer S, Lampman R, Novak RJ.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2006 Aug; 75(2):350-5.
PMID: 16896147 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Spatiotemporal patterns of host-seeking Ixodes scapularis nymphs (Acari: Ixodidae) in the United States.
Diuk-Wasser MA, Gatewood AG, Cortinas MR, Yaremych-Hamer S, Tsao J, Kitron U, Hickling G, Brownstein JS, Walker E, Piesman J, Fish D.
J Med Entomol. 2006 Mar; 43(2):166-76.
PMID: 16619595 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
West Nile virus and high death rate in American crows.
Yaremych SA, Warner RE, Mankin PC, Brawn JD, Raim A, Novak R.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Apr; 10(4):709-11.
PMID: 15200865 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Home range and habitat use by American Crows in east-central Illinois
Yaremych SA, Novak RJ, Raim AJ, Mankin PC, and Warner RE.
Wilson Bull. 2004 ; 116:232-239.
Gender determination and sex-specific West Nile virus mortality of American Crows
Yaremych SA, Levengood JM, Novak RJ, Mankin PC, and Warner RE.
Wildl Soc Bull. 2004 ; 32:893-899.
Use of diffusion to determine soil cation-exchange capacity by ammonium saturation
Mulvaney RL, Yaremych SA, Khan SA, Swiader JM, and Horgan BP.
Comm Soil Sci Plant Anal. 2004 ; 35:51-67.
West Nile virus detection in American crows.
Yaremych SA, Warner RE, Van de Wyngaerde MT, Ringia AM, Lampman R, Novak RJ.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2003 Oct; 9(10):1319-21.
PMID: 14609472 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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