Cherie Briggs

briggs [at] lifesci [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
(805) 893-2199
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Noble Hall, Office 2112
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9620


Professor Briggs’ research combines modeling and experiments to understand the factors affecting the dynamics of animal populations. Her lab is working on a number of projects involving disease-host or parasitoid-host interactions, including:

The Frog-killing Chytrid Fungus in the California Sierra Nevada: The Briggs lab is investigating the factors that allow for persistence of populations of mountain yellow-legged frogs infected with the chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, through a combination of field surveys, experiments, genetics, molecular techniques, and modeling.

Lyme Disease in Southern California: Lyme disease, caused by bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is maintained in the wild in vertebrate hosts, and transmitted between hosts by ticks. Lyme disease has a much higher prevalence in the eastern US than in California. The Briggs lab is studying the dynamics of the tick, pathogen, and vertebrate host communities in Southern California to understand the factors contributing to the low pathogen prevalence in this area.