As a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory I have had a focus on epidemiology and animal disease ecology. In the fall of 2016, I am returning  from an assignment with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Cooperative Biological Engagement Program that has the mission of reducing the threat of infectious disease and increasing global health security under the One Health umbrella. I was Regional Science Manager for three years for the Middle East and Central Asia region.


I am the principle investigator for a long-term (20 years) research project on the impacts of environmental stress on cavity-nesting birds. In 2013, I served as Program Manager for the Long-term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at Los Alamos. In 2012 I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Guidelines for the Use of Wild Birds in Research.During 2005-2009 focus on modeling of pandemic influenza I was the lead epidemiologist/analyst for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Decision Support Systems Team for the Department of Homeland Security's response to the emerging threat. 





Comparative avian biology specializing in immunology, disease, and response to stress, including contaminants in the environment. Development of wild and domestic bird immunological techniques for investigating immunocompetence and ecological physiology in birds. Determination of host range and species susceptibility of West Nile Virus and avian influenza.

Iandiorio, M.J., J. M Fair, S. Chatzipanagiotou, A.Ioannidis, E. Trikka-Graphakos, N. Charalampaki, C. Sereti, G.P. Tegos, A. L. Hoogesteijn, and A. L Rivas. 2016 Preventing data ambiguity in infectious diseases with four-dimensional, earlier, personalized, in vivo evaluations. PloS One.http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0159001

1996-1999 Ph.D.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Dissertation: The ecological and immunological costs of contaminants on birds.

Advisor, Dr. Robert Ricklefs


System dynamic modeling of epidemiology and human health risk to emerging zoonotic pathogens.  Modeling and simulation of emerging and zoonotic diseases in animal and human populations and our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure.

Brown, M., L. Moore, D. Powell, B. McMahon, M. LaBute, J. Hyman, A. Rivas, M. Greene, M. Jankowki, J. Berendzen, J. Loeppky, and J. Fair. 2015. Constructing Rigorous and Broad Biosurveillance Networks for Detecting Emerging Zoonotic Outbreaks. PloS One10: e0124037. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124037.

Environmental Toxicology

Now in its 20 year, the Avian Netbox Network of over 500 boxes across Los Alamos National Laboratory investigatges the physiological & poulation level effects of potential contamination on cavity-nesting birds.Haig,S.M., D’Elia, J., Eagles-Smith, C., Fair, J.M., Gervais, J., Herring, G., Rivers, J.W. and J. H. Schulz.  2014. The persistent problem of lead poisoning in birds from ammunition and fishing tackle. Condor Ornithological Applications 116: 408–428.

Scientific Collaboration

The key to scientific collaboration and transformational science is relationships.  Understanding how trust and open communication, especially with international collaborations is an intrest of mine.  Fair, J.M., M. Stokes, D. Pennington  and I. Mendenhall. 2016. Scientific Collaborations: How do we Measure the Return on Relationships? Frontiers Public Health. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00009/full

1989 - 1992 M.S.

Colorado State University- Fishery & Wildlife Biology

Thesis: The effects of carbaryl grasshopper control on nesting killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) in North Dakota.

Advisor, Dr. Patricia Kennedy

1985 - 1989 B.A.

University of Northern Colorado - Zoology

Emphasis in parasitology. 

Advisor, Dr. Gerald Schmidt.