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Jeb P. Owen

Associate 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.


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


  • Arango, J., Wolc, A., Owen, J.P., Weston, K.N., Fulton, J.E. (2024) Genetic background of natural and induced antibody response in layer chickens. Animals DOI:10.3390/ani14111623
  • Pautzke, K., Felsot, A., Reganold, J., Owen, J.P. (2024) Effects of soil on development, survival, and oviposition in Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes. Parasites & Vectors 17:154. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-024-06202-y
  • Rasmussen, L.V. et al. (2024) Joint environmental and social benefits from diversified agriculture. Science 384 (6691): 87-93. DOI: 10.1126/science.adj1914
  • Blubaugh, C, Jones, C., Josefson, C., Scoles, G., Snyder, W., Owen, J.P. (2023) Omnivore diet composition alters parasite resistance and host condition. J. Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365- 2656.14004
  • Devarajan, N. et al. (2023) Evidence for the efficacy of pre-harvest agricultural practices in mitigating food-safety risks to fresh produce. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems DOI: 10.3389/fsufs.2023.1101435
  • Smith, O.M., Cornell, K.A., Crossley, M.S., Crespo, R., Jones, M.S., Snyder, W.E., Owen, J.P. (2023) Wind speed and landscape context mediate Campylobacter risk among poultry reared in open environments. Animals. DOI: 10.3390/ani13030492
  • Chambless, K.N., Cornell, K.A., Crespo, R., Snyder, W.E., Owen, J.P. (2022) Diversity and Prevalence of Ectoparasites on Poultry from Open Environment Farms in the Western United States of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California. J. Medical Entomology.DOI:10.1093/jme/tjac093
  • Danielson, R. W., Grace, E., White, A. J., Kelton, M. K., Owen, J. P., Fisher, K., Martinez, A., & Mozo, M. (2022). Facilitating Systems Thinking Through Arts-Based STEM Integration. Frontiers in Education 7: 915333. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2022.915333
  • Knutie, S.A., Herman, J.M., Owen, J.P., Clayton, D.H. (2017) Tri-trophic ecology of native parasitic nest flies of birds in Tobago. Ecosphere 8: e01670.
  • Knutie, S.A., Owen, J.P., NcNew, S.M., Bartlow, A.W., Arriero, E., Herman, J.M., DiBlasi, E., Thompson, M., Koop, J.A.H., Clayton, D.H. (2016) Galapagos mockingbirds tolerate introduced parasites that affect Darwin’s finches. Ecology 97: 940-950.
  • Murillo, A.C., Chappell, M.A., Owen, J.P., Mullens, B.A. (2016) Northern Fowl Mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) Effects on Metabolism, Body Temperatures, Skin Condition, and Egg Production as a Function of Hen MHC Haplotype. Poultry Science. 95:2536–2546.
  • Jones, C.R., Brunner, J.L., Scoles, G.A., Owen, J.P. (2015) Factors affecting larval tick feeding success: host, density and time. Parasites & Vectors 8: 340-350. 10.1186/s13071-015-0955-6
  • Rogovskyy, A.S., Casselli, T., Tourand, Y., Jones, C.R., Owen, J.P., Mason, L. K., Scoles, G.A., Bankhead, T. (2015) Evaluation of the Importance of VlsE Antigenic Variation for the Enzootic Cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi. PLoS One. 10 (4): e0124268.
  • Knutie, S.A., Owen, J.P., McNew, S.M., Bartlow, A.W., Arriero, E., Herman, J.M., DiBlasi, E., Thompson, M., Koop, J.A.H., Clayton, D.H. (2015) Galápagos mockingbirds are tolerant hosts of introduced parasites that threaten Darwin’s finches. Ecology. 97(4): 940-950.
  • Owen, J.P., Waite, J., Clayton., D. (2014) Does antibody binding to novel proteins predict future infection? Parasite Immunology. 36: 571-582.
  • Owen, J.P., Vander Vliet, A., Scoles, G.A. (2014) Comparative Off-Host Survival of Larval Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) Collected from Ecologically Distinct Field Populations. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 28: 341-344.
  • Waite, J.L., Henry, A.R., Owen, J.P., Clayton, D.H. (2014) An experimental test of the effects of behavioral and immunological defenses against vectors: do they interact to protect birds from blood parasites? Parasites & Vectors 7: 104.
  • Koop, J.A.H., Owen, J.P., Knutie, S.A., Aguilar, M.A., Clayton, D.H. (2013) Experimental demonstration of a parasite-induced immune response in wild birds: Darwin’s finches and introduced nest flies. Ecology and Evolution 3: 2514-2523.
  • Crowder, D.W., Dykstra, E., Martin, E., Petersen, W., Carrièr, Y., Dutiellel, P., Owen, J.P. (2013).West Nile Virus Prevalence across Landscapes is Mediated by Local Effects of Agriculture on Vector and Host Communities. Public Library of Science, One 8 (1): e55006.
  • McCulloch, J.B. and Owen, J.P. (2012) Arrhenotoky and Oedipal Mating in the Northern Fowl Mite. Parasites & Vectors 5: 281. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-5-281
  • Olds, C., Mwaura, S., Crowder, D., Odongo, D., van Oers, M., Owen, J.P., Daubenberger, C. (2012) Immunization of cattle with Ra86 impedes Rhipicephalus appendiculatus nymphal molting. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases 3 (3): 170-178.
  • 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: 509-335-7893

Dr. Owen’s Lab Site