Texas Tech University

Joseph McMillan

Assistant Professor
Disease ecology; vector ecology; vector-borne zoonoses

Email: josmcmil@ttu.edu

Phone: +1 (806) 742-2715

Degrees and Positions

  • B.S., Ecology, University of Georgia (2009)
  • PhD., Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Emory University (2018)
  • Postdoc, Public Health Entomology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (2021)

TTU Instruction:

  • BIOL 3307/5407: Population Biology
JR McMillan

Research Interests

The lab's research broadly investigates the eco-epidemiology and control of zoonotic, vector-borne pathogens. Within this context, I focus primarily on mosquitoes and arboviruses. My aim is to use ecological and empirical approaches to elucidate the mechanisms of arbovirus amplification and perpetuation in human-dominated environments and to suppress zoonotic arbovirus spillover into human populations. To this end, my primary research approaches include mosquito surveillance, semi-natural and in-lab experiments, diagnostic testing,  and quantitative methods.

Current projects include:

  • Quantitative analysis of longitudinal mosquito and arbovirus surveillance data to identify metrics of ecological and epidemiological risk
  • Investigate influence of biopesticides on mosquito larval community assembly and interspecific interactions

Projects in development include:

  • Evaluate and improve integrated pest management solutions for Culex tarsalis
  • Quantify West Nile virus transmission networks among Culex tarsalis and Culex pipiens complex
  • Island biogeography theory as a mechanism of Aedes aegypti expansion in the southwest US
  • Determine relationship mosquito microbiome composition and pesticide effectiveness
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