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VIBS Welcomes Hamer as a Faculty Member
Sarah Hamer, formerly of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
at Michigan State University, recently joined the Department of
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at the Texas A&M University
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM) as an
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology.
Hamer completed a PhD in 2010 from Michigan State University
within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and in the
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program. She also
received an MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from
University of Illinois. In recognition of the need for ecologists
and medical researchers to work together to manage emerging disease
threats, Hamer completed a DVM at Michigan State University in
Hamer is primarily interested in the ecology, evolution, and
epidemiology of diseases that emerge at the interface of wildlife,
domestic animals, and human populations. In particular, she
is interested in vector-borne zoonotic diseases, especially
tick-borne diseases. In her new position, Hamer will mentor
students in her own laboratory and will teach undergraduate,
graduate, and veterinary students.
"I am particularly excited about integrating field and
laboratory experiences with traditional classroom teaching to
immerse students in the process of research," Hamer said. "I am
eager for my students to learn alternative ways to use their
medical training to address some of society's most pressing public
health and conservation concerns."
Her research has earned top honors from professional
organizations including the Wildlife Disease Association, The
Wildlife Society, and American Mosquito Control Association.
During her off time, Hamer enjoys hiking and birdwatching with
her husband, Gabriel, and son, Oskar.
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