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Amber N Barnes

Assistant Professor

Public Health | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Research Interests

Global Health


One Health


Food and Waterborne Pathogens

Enteric Parasites

Gender Roles and Livestock Husbandry


Postdoctoral Associate -2018
Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Duke One Health Team, Division of Infectious Disease and International Health, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Graduate Certificate, One Health -2016
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Doctorate of Philosophy, Public Health -2016
Department of Environmental and Global Health
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida USA

Graduate Certificate, Emerging Diseases and One Health -2013
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida USA

Master of Public Health, Community Health -2008
Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida USA

Bachelor of Arts, Communication -2004
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA


Amber N. Barnes researches household and community risk factors the lead to zoonotic enteric parasite exposures among vulnerable human and animal populations. She works to understand the role of water, sanitation and hygiene access, availability and safety as well as our close relationship with animals in zoonotic disease transmission. Her goal is to develop tailored public health messages that prevent zoonotic and reverse zoonotic enteric diseases in global communities while respecting the culture and traditions of its residents. 


  • SHARE Consortium Research of the Month feature for June 2018; Interview available at
  • CDC Selected Zoonotic Diseases Conference Call Presentation, Reverse Zoonotic Disease Transmission (Zooanthroponosis), April 2, 2012
  • Grinter Fellowship for exceptional graduate students, University of Florida, 2011
  • Epidemiology Award of Excellence from the Duval County Health Department, 2011
  • Award of Excellence from the Duval County Health Department for role in the H1N1 2009 pandemic response at the City of Jacksonville's Emergency Operations Center, April 2010.
  • Outstanding Research Award from the Addictive and Health Behaviors Research Institute, University of Florida, 2006

Publications & Presentations


Oral Presentations

  • Barnes, A.N. (2019). What to Know About Animal-Assisted Therapy and Zoonoses, Webinar Presentation on October 17, 2019, for the American Psychological Association.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2019). A One Health Study of Zoonotic Enteric Parasites in Mongolia, Presentation at the 6th International Symposium on One Health Research, Mongolia on September 18, 2019, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2019). Animal Assisted Therapy: The Good, the Bad, and the Zoonotic, Presentation at the Therapy Animal Exposition and Symposium on March 2, 2019, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Davaasuren, A, Baasandagva, U, and Barnes, A.N. (2018). Zoonotic Enteric Parasites in Humans, Animals, and Drinking Water in Mongolian Households and Their Associated Risk Factors, Invited Presentation on June 23, 2018 at the 5th International One Health Congress, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2017). Public Health Professional Panel on November 14, 2017, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2017). Combatting Neglected Zoonotic Diseases in Mongolia Through A One Health Approach, Presentation at the International One Health Day Conference on November 10, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2017). One Health Research Collaboration Between the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Duke University: D43 Team Successes and Ongoing Projects. Presentation at the Biological and Veterinary Sciences: Achievements and Current Status conference on September 27, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • Barnes, A.N., Baasandagva, U., & Daavasuren, A. (2017). Zoonotic Disease Risk Factors in Mongolian Nomadic Herding Families: Unique One Health Challenges and Opportunities for Prevention. Presentation at the Transdisciplinary Research in Mongolia: Bridging the Cultural-Natural Science Divide conference on June 16, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2016). Public Health Professional Panel on November 15, 2016, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Barnes, A.N. (2010). Babesia in Florida: How Travel and Transfusion Facilitate Infection. Presentation for the Florida Department of Health, Environmental Health Epidemiology Grand Rounds Oral Presentation in March, 2010.

Poster Presentations

  • Barnes, A., Baasandagva, U., Daavasuren, A., Gonchigoo, B., & Gray, G. (2018, January). Zoonotic Threats of Mongolian Herding Households: A One Health Approach to Identifying Risk Factors and Disease Perceptions. In American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Vol. 99, No. 4, pp. 627-627). 8000 Westpark Dr. St. 130, McLean, VA 22101 USA: Amer Soc Trop Med & Hygiene.
  • Barnes, A.N. & Rheingans, R. (2015). The Human-Animal Interface in Peri-Urban Communities of Kisumu, Kenya. Poster presented at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, August 24-26, 2015, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Kane, A.S., Roberts, S., Stuchal L., Havens, K., James, M. Mathews, A., Blackburn, J., Charles, M., Chapman, H., Rowland, J., Barnes, A.N., Brooks, R., Hartsfield, S., Taylor, J., Lindsey, A., Irani, T., Brumback, B. and Morris, J.G. (2014). Community and Academic Partnerships Support Resiliency & Restoration Efforts in the GoM After the DWH Oil Spill. Poster presented at Diversity Day, March 19, 2014, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Barnes, A., Wardwell, S., Stirling, D., & Pindolia, D. (2013). South Sudan Health Assessment: Outcomes and Development Using GIS Mapping. Poster presented at the Emerging Pathogens Institute Research Day, February 14, 2013, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Barnes, A., Stanek, D., Radke, E., Blackmore, C., & Kay, R. (2010, June). Transfusion transmitted infections in Florida and the role of the health department. Poster presented at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Conference, June 6-10, 2010, Portland, Oregon.
  • Barnes, A., Kay, R., Van Zile, K., Voss, R., & Weis, K. (2010, Jan). Norovirus Gastroenteritis Outbreaks Among Wedding Attendees in Northeast Florida: A Case Comparison of Transmission Methods With Recommendations for Future Investigations. Poster presented at the Emerging Pathogens Institute Research Day, January 26, 2010, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • Barnes, A., Moore, M.J., & Wilburn, S. (2009, Feb). Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking: Evaluation of the Southwest Region of Victim Services. Poster presented at the Celebrating Community Partnerships Exhibition, February 11, 2009, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., & Barnes, A. (2008, June). Having fun with data…Really! 6th Annual HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Barnes, A., Werch, C.E., & Bian, Hui. (2007, Sept). Body Image Satisfaction, Health Behaviors, and Self-Image among Adolescent Males. Poster presented at the Symposium on Addictive and Health Behaviors Research, September 24-25, 2007, Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL.

Contact Information

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(904) 620-5400

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm