PhD Research - Tal Ben-Horin

Tal’s research explores the ecology of infectious diseases and the role of disease in wildlife conservation. His dissertation work investigates recent disease outbreaks in California abalones (Haliotis spp.) resulting from a novel bacterial pathogen. This work integrates laboratory experiments, field observations, and spatially explicit modeling to explore theoretical mechanisms of disease-induced extinction and the influence of fishing on the spread of disease. Prior to pursuing his PhD at UCSB, Tal received a BS in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School.


Employment Upon Graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University


Ben-Horin, T., S.J. Ryan, and L.R.  Johnson. (in prep) Bite or be bitten: vector mortality and its impact on malaria control.

Ben-Horin, T., H.S. Lenihan, and K.D. Lafferty. (in prep) Daily temperature variability, disease risk, and the near extinction of black abalone.

Ben-Horin, T., J.R. Wilson, T. McCormick, and H.S. Lenihan. (in review) Reproductive development and the incidence of controlled spawning in captive black abalone, Haliotis cracherodii. Journal of Applied Aquaculture.

Hamilton, S.L., J.R. Wilson, T. Ben-Horin, and J.E. Caselle. (in review) Utilizing spatial variation in demography and life histories to optimize fisheries yield and conservation of a temperate sex-changing reef fish. PLoS ONE.

Selkoe, K.A., J.R. Watson, C. White, T. Ben-Horin, M. Iacchei, S. Mitari, D.A. Siegel, S.D. Gaines, and R.J. Toonen. 2010. Taking the chaos out of genetic patchiness: seascape genetics reveals ecological and oceanographic drivers of genetic patterns in three temperate reef species. Molecular Ecology. 19: 3708-3726.

Ben-Horin, T., M. Iacchei, K.A. Selkoe, T. Mai, R.J. Toonen. 2009. Characterization of eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for the California spiny lobster, Panulirus interruptus, and cross-species amplification in other achelate lobsters. Conservation Genetics Resources. 1: 193-197.