Sarah A. Hamer

Sarah A. Hamer

Associate Professor
Director, Schubot Center for Avian Health
Richard Schubot Endowed Chair & Associate Wildlife Biologist®
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Veterinary Pathobiology

Phone: 979.847.5693
TAMU Mailstop: 4458
Website: Hamer Lab

Research and Scholarly Interests

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

Hamer Lab | Schubot Center for Avian Health


  • DACVPM (Epi), Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology), 2016
  • DVM, Michigan State University, 2011
  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2010, Fisheries & Wildlife; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior
  • MS, University of Illinois, 2003, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • BS, University of Illinois, 2001, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences


Sarah runs a research lab focused on the ecology and epidemiology of emerging zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. Her studies of human populations, wildlife, domestic animals, vector and parasite communities allow her to work with collaborators from various disciplines across diverse landscapes, including the US-Mexico borderlands. She is the director of the Schubot Center for Avian Health—an avian health research center that unites students and faculty from across departments to study the biotic and abiotic factors that impact the health of birds, both in the wild and in captivity. Sarah enjoys immersing students in investigations that span the field and lab. In 2018, she joined the Epidemiology specialty within the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM).

  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Public Health
  • Parasitology
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Avian Health

  • VIBS 413: Introductory Epidemiology
  • VIBS 607: Applied Epidemiology
  • ENTO/VIBS 426/626: Methods in Vector-borne Disease Ecology
  • EEBL 610: Community Ecology: Disease ecology module
  • VIBS 681: Epidemiology Seminar (previous topics: Border Health; Climate change and vector-borne disease; Animal sentinels of zoonotic disease)