Dr. David M. Claborn


Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield


A career military officer who served as a Navy entomologist for more than 20 years, Dr. David Claborn teaches courses in environmental health, international health and public health of disasters in the Master of Public Health program, as well as courses in homeland security and chemical/biological warfare for other departments.

His research deals with a variety of factors generally dealing with the public health of disaster situations, including decontamination of chemical warfare agents, disaster planning, post-disaster disease transmission, war and public health and invasive species.



  • Doctor of Public Health, 2001, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • MS in Entomology, 1985, Texas Tech University
  • BS in Zoology, 1983, Texas Tech University


  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health
  • International Health & Infectious Disease
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Seminar

Professional experience


  • American Mosquito Control Association
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Delta Omega (Public Health Honorary Society)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Global Epidemiology and Environmental Health
  • Missouri Public Health Association

Research and professional interests

  • Disasters and public health
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology of vector-borne disease; public health of disturbed environments
  • Infectious disease
  • International health

Selected publications:

Awards and honors

  • Faculty Fellow for Anti-Terrorism in Israel, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (2011)

Additional resources

Area of expertise

Health and wellness Environmental health

Media appearances

Study Identifies Which Mosquitoes Call Missouri Home
Jefferson City News Tribune
Entomologist Dr. David Claborn leads a project to find out.

Zika-carrying Mosquito Not Found in MSU Survey of Local Blood-suckers
Springfield News-Leader
Entomologist Dr. David Claborn shares findings on his mosquito survey project.

Tick Bite Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore (And Some That Never Show)
Entomologist Dr. David Claborn shares insights about this creepy creature.

MSU Study Looks at What Kinds of Mosquitos are in Missouri
KSMU Radio
Entomologist expert Dr. David Claborn discusses his mosquito survey project.

Researchers Have Not Found Primary Carrier of Zika in Missouri
Entomologist Dr. David Claborn gives an update of his mosquito survey project.

MSU Leads Zika-related Mosquito Research
Entomologist Dr. David Claborn shares about his mosquito survey project.

MSU Entomologist Helps News-Leader Solve Insect Mystery. Maybe.
Springfield News-Leader
Entomologist Dr. David Claborn helps to identify insect leaving tiny, itchy bites all over folks in the Ozarks.


Fun facts about Missouri's mosquitoes Trapping mosquitoes: MSU researcher explains how it's done