Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Julie Shaffer

Office: BHS 335B   |    Phone: 308-865-8209   |    Email:

Dr. Julie Shaffer


Area of Interest:

  • Microbial ecology
  • Tick-borne pathogens


Professional Affiliations:


  • Shaffer J. J.  1999.  Characterization of a novel DNA repair phenotype in Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteriophage UNL-1. Ph. D. Dissertation, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 203 pp.


  • Moghe, S., Baumgart, K., Shaffer, J.J., and Carlson, K.A.  2021.  Female mentors positively contribute to undergraduate STEM research experiences.  PLOS One
  • Schissel, M., Best, R., Liesemeyer, S., Tan, Y-D., Carlson, D.J., Shaffer, J.J., Avuthu, N., Guda, C., and Carlson, K.A.  2021.  Effect of Nora virus infection on native gut bacterial communities of Drosophila melanogaster.  AIMS Microbiology 7(2):216-237.  doi:  10.3934/microbiol.2021014
  • Luedtke, B.E., Shaffer, J.J., Monrroy, E., Willicott, C.W., and Bourret, T.J.  2019.  Molecular detection of spotted fever group Rickettsiae (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) in Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae) collected along the Platte River in south central Nebraska.  Journal of Medical Entomology
  • Fiore, N.A., Dunigan, D.D., Shaffer, J.J., Roberts, R., Antony-Babu, S., Plantz, B.A., Nickerson, K.W., Benson, A.K., and Weber, K.A.  2019.  Microbial community of saline, alkaline lakes in the Nebraska sandhills based on 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequence data.  Microbiology Resource Announcements  8:e00063-19.
  • Shaffer, J. J., Peterson, B. C., and Koupal, K. D.  2017.  Assessment of seasonal changes in abiotic and zooplankton communities in highly and moderately alkaline sandhills lakes.  Great Plains Research 27:109-116.
  • Jacques, B. J., Bourret, T. J., and Shaffer, J. J.  2017.  Role of fly cleaning behavior on carriage of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  Journal of Medical Entomology  tjx124,
  • Smith, M. J., Shaffer, J. J., Koupal, K. D., Hoback, W. W.  2012.  Laboratory measures of filtration by freshwater mussels: An activity to introduce biology students to an increasingly threatened group of organisms.  Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching  38(2):10-15.
  • Jacques, B. J., Akahane, S., Abe, M., Middleton, W., Hoback, W. W. and Shaffer, J. J.  2009.  Temperature and food availability differentially affect the production of antimicrobial compounds in oral secretions produced by two species of burying beetle.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 35(8):871-877.
  • Shaffer, J. J., Warner, K. J. and Hoback, W. W.  2007.  Filthy flies? Experiments to test flies as vectors of bacterial disease.  American Biology Teacher Online 69(2), Paper #30.
  • Hoback, W. W., Bishop, A. A., Kroemer, J., Scalzitti, J. and Shaffer, J. J.  2004.  Differences among antimicrobial properties of carrion beetle secretions reflect phylogeny and ecology.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 30(4):719-729.
  • Shaffer, J. J., Hurley, E. and Hoback, W. W.  2003.  Microbes and mosquitoes: a laboratory exercise to investigate the non-target effects of Bt.  Bioscene 29(3):27-32.
  • Kadavy, D. R., Shaffer, J. J., Lott, S. E., Wolf, T. A., Bolton, C. E., Gallimore, W. H., Martin, E. L., Nickerson, K. W. and Kokjohn, T. A.  2000.  Influence of infected cell growth state on bacteriophage reactivation levels.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 66(12):5206-5212.
  • Martin, E. L., Reinhardt, R. L., Baum, L. L., Becker, M. R., Shaffer, J. J. and Kokjohn, T. A.  2000.  The effects of ultraviolet radiation on the moderate halophile Halomonas elongata and the extreme halophile Halobacterium salinarumCanadian Journal of Microbiology 46(2):180-187.
  • Shaffer, J. J., Jacobsen, L. M., Schrader, J. O., Lee, K. W., Martin, E. L. and Kokjohn, T. A.  1999.  Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteriophage UNL-1, a bacterial virus with a novel UV-A-inducible DNA damage reactivation phenotype.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 65(6):2606-2613.