Tal Ben-Horin
Post Doctoral Researcher
(774) 279-3552
Mailing Address:
  462 Center for Biotechology and Life Science
  University of Rhode Island
  Kingston, RI 02881


Ph.D. 2013 University of California Santa Barbara
M.S. 2007 University of California Santa Barbara
B.S. 2001 University of Vermont


Research Interests

My research addresses how pathogen transmission is maintained in coastal ecosystems and aims to understand how diseases emerge and persist in populations of fish and invertebrates. I approach these questions using a combination of laboratory experiments, field observations, and mathematical and statistical modeling.

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Current Research Projects

• Development of a Theoretical Basis for Modeling Disease Processes in Marine Invertebrates (National Science Foundation – Ecology of Infectious Diseases Program)

• Minimizing Risks of Vibrio Bacteria (NOAA Sea Grant - Aquaculture Research Program)


Selected Publications

Ben-Horin, T., K.D. Lafferty, G. Bidegain and H.S. Lenihan. In press. Fishing diseased abalone to promote yield and conservation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences.

Bidegain, G., E.N. Powell, J.M. Klinck, T. Ben-Horin, and E.E. Hofmann. In press. Marine infectious disease dynamics and outbreak thresholds: pandemic infection and the potential role of filter feeders. Ecosphere.

Ryan, S.J., A. McNally, L.R. Johnson, E.A. Mordecai, T. Ben-Horin, K.P. Paaijmans and K.D. Lafferty. 2015. Mapping physiological suitability limits for malaria in Africa under climate change. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 15: 718-725.

Ben-Horin, T., G. Bidegain, L. Huey, D. Narvaez, and D. Bushek. 2015. Parasite transmission through suspension feeding. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 131: 155-176.

Ryan, S.J., T. Ben-Horin and L.R. Johnson. 2015. Malaria control and senescence: the importance of accounting for the pace and shape of ageing in wild mosquitoes. Ecosphere. 6: 170.

Johnson, L.R., T. Ben-Horin, K.D. Lafferty, A. McNally, E.A. Mordecai, K.P. Paaijmans, S. Pawar and S.J. Ryan. 2015. Understanding uncertainty in temperature effects on vector-borne disease: a Bayesian approach. Ecology. 96: 203-213.

Lafferty, K.D. and T. Ben-Horin. 2013. Abalone farm discharges the withering syndrome pathogen into the wild. Frontiers in Microbiology. 4: 373.

Iacchei, M., T. Ben-Horin, K.A. Selkoe, C.E. Bird, F.J. Garcia-Rodrigues, and R.J. Toonen. 2013. Combined analyses of kinship and FST suggest potential drivers of chaotic genetic patchiness in high gene flow populations. Molecular Ecology. 22: 3476-3494.

Ben-Horin, T., H.S. Lenihan, and K.D. Lafferty. 2013. Variable intertidal temperature explains why disease endangers black abalone. Ecology 94: 161-168.

[Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory]