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Jeb P. Owen

Posted by | June 20, 2011


Jeb P. Owen

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Interactions between parasitic arthropods and vertebrate hosts. In particular, the mechanisms of host location and selection by parasites and the role of host immune responses in shaping the population dynamics of parasites. These interests are focused on identifying critical factors in the transmission of pathogens by parasitic arthropods.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology, 2007
Major: medical & veterinary entomology Minors: parasitology and insect ecology
Advising committee: Drs. Bradley A. Mullens (chair), Richard Stouthamer and Marlene Zuk

Master of Science in Entomology, 2002
Advising committee: Drs. Bradley A. Mullens (chair), Ring T. Cardé and Jocelyn G. Millar

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental, Population and Organismal Biology, 1997
Bachelor of Arts in English, 1997


  • Owen, J.P., Nelson, A.C., Clayton, D.H. (2010) Ecological immunology of bird-ectoparasite systems.  Trends in Parasitology. (doi:10.1016/
  • King, M.O., Owen, J.P., Schwabl, H.G. (2010)  Are Maternal Antibodies Really that Important?  The Timing of Humoral Immunological Independence in Nestling House Sparrows (Passer domesticus).  Public Library of Science, One. 5 (3): e6939.
  • Petersen, W.H., Zack, R.S., Dykstra, E.A., Owen, J.P. (2010)  New distribution records of mosquitoes in Eastern Washington State.  Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association.  26 (1): 88-90
  • Huber, S.K., Owen, J.P., Koop, J.A., King, M.O., Grant, P.R., Grant, R., Clayton, D.H. (2010)  Ecoimmunity in Darwin’s Finches:  Invasive Parasites Trigger Acquired Immunity in the Medium Ground Finch (Geospiza fortis).  Public Library of Science One 5(1): e8605.
  • Owen, J.P., Delany, M.E., Cardona, C.J., Bickford, A., Mullens, B.A. (2009) Host inflammatory response governs fitness in an avian ectoparasite, the northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum).  International Journal for Parasitology 39 (7): 789-799.
  • Mullens, B.A., Owen, J.P., Kuney, D.R., Szijj, C.E., Klingler, K.A. (2009)  Temporal changes in distribution, prevalence, intensity of northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) parasitism in commercial caged laying hens, with a comprehensive economic analysis of parasite impact. Veterinary Parasitology 160: 116-133.
  • Owen, J.P., Delany, M.E., Cardona, C.J., and Mullens, B.A. (2008)  MHC haplotype involvement in avian resistance to an ectoparasite.  Immunogenetics. 60 (10):  621-631.
  • Mullens, B.A., Owen, J.P., Kuney, D.R., Mench, J.A. and O’Sullivan, N. (2007) Host-Parasite Relationships, Ectoparasite Control Concerns, and the Changing Animal Welfare Paradigm: Lessons from a Chicken House.  Proceedings National Poultry Breeders Roundtable.


Department of Entomology
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6382

Phone: 509-335-7873

Dr. Owen’s Lab Site