Joe Tabor, Ph.D.

Joe Tabor Assistant Professor
Community, Environment and Policy Division
1295 N. Martin
Campus PO Box: 245210
Drachman Hall
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-0795


I have over 20 years of consulting experience in natural resource management, agriculture, and public health in North America, Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. This experience includes the disciplines of epidemiology, agronomy, botany, ecology, forestry, and pedology. My analytical skills include statistical analysis, GIS, satellite image processing, and household surveys. I've worked in deserts to rainforests and in urban and rural environments.

My current research passion is the epidemiology and ecology of valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) a potentially fatal disease caused by inhaling the soil borne fungus Coccidioides spp.

Understanding the ecological and epidemiological relationships of known and hypothesized determinants of growth, dispersion, exposure, and infection forCoccidioides spp. will require an interdisciplinary approach and offers numerous research opportunities.


2009, PhD, Epidemiology, University of Arizona
2002, MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Arizona
1983, MS, Soil Physics, University of Arizona
1978, BS, Agronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Tabor, J.A., and M.K. O’Rourke. 2010. A risk factor study of coccidioidomycosis by controlling differential misclassifications of exposure and susceptibility using a landscape ecology approach.Science of the Total Environment. 408(10):2199-2207.

Tabor, J.A., M.K. O’Rourke, M.D. Lebowitz, and R.B. Harris. 2010. Landscape-epidemiological study design to investigate an environmentally based disease. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. doi: 10.1038/jes.2009.67.

Krasilnikov, P.V., J.A. Tabor, and R.W. Arnold. 2009. Part 3: Folk Soil Classifications. In A Handbook of Soil Terminology, Correlation and Classification P.V. Krasilnikov, J. Ibanez Marti, R. Arnold and S. Shoba (Eds). Earthscan, London. pp 335-404.

Miller, H.B., T. Sinkala, R.F. Renger, E.M. Peacock, J.A. Tabor, and J.L. Burgess. Identifying antecedent conditions responsible for mining injuries in Zambia. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 12(4) 329-339. 2006.

Karpiscak M., K. Kingsley, R. Wass, F. Amal, J. Friel, A. Stewart, J. Tabor, J. Zauderer. Constructed wetland technology and mosquito populations in Arizona. J. of Arid Environments. 56(4) 681-707. 2004

Krasilnikov, P.V. and J.A. Tabor. Perspectives in Utilitarian Ethnopedology. Geoderma. 111(3-4):197-215. 2003.

Campbell, J.F, J.D. Colflesh, J.A. Tabor, J.G. Gibi, J.L. Prater, D.C. Bowden, and R.H. Moneymaker. 1996. Soil Survey of Wilson County, Tennessee. Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 146 p. + 1:20,000 maps.

Tabor, J.A. 1993. Soils of the lower, middle, and upper Senegal River Valley. In: Risk and tenure in arid lands: The political ecology of development in the Senegal River Basin. T.K. Park (Ed.). University of Arizona Press, Tucson. pp. 31-50.

Tabor, J.A. Improving crop yields in the Sahel through water-harvesting. J. of Arid Environments. 30: 83-106. 1995.

Tabor, J.A., A.W. Warrick, D.E. Myers, and D.A. Pennington. Spatial variability of nitrate in irrigated cotton: II. Soil nitrate and correlated variables. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 49: 390-394. 1985

Languages Spoken:

English, French

Countries of Professional Experience:

Africa Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Asia Indonesia, Israel, and Saudi Arabia
Caribbean Haiti
Europe France, and Italy
N. America United States
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