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WILDLIFE GENOMICS & DISEASE ECOLOGY LABORATORY: HOLLY ERNEST DVM PHD, UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

Enhancing wildlife conservation, population health, and management through collaborative research, education, and public outreach in the disciplines of genomics, landscape genetics, and disease ecology.

BirdsCarnivorsRuminants
DNA Analysis, Disease investigation,
and ecological tools. More >

DNAWildlife Genomics, Population Health, and Disease Ecology Disease

We use ecological tools including whole genome analysis for wild animals and their disease pathogens, analysis of population genetics, epidemiology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at landscape-level, to understand how diseases affect wildlife populations. Special programs include Migration Genomics, Wildlife Genomic Health, and Hummingbird Health Program.

Ruminants

Ruminants

  • Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, Deer, and others.
  • Landscape-level studies, population genomics, genetics for migration ecology, and disease ecology.
  • Collaborative research, toward conserving and managing populations across migration corridors and habitats
Hummingbirds

Birds

  • Hummingbird Health Program.
  • Raptors: Great Gray Owls and others.
  • Genetic diversity, population structure, small threatened populations, migration ecology.
  • Identifying and monitoring threats to bird populations.
  • Citizen science.
Mountain Lions

Carnivores

  • Mountain lion, Bear, Sea Otter, and others.
  • Non-invasive and trace DNA, population size estimates, bottlenecks, source-sink dynamics.
  • Molecular kinship reconstruction, genetic diversity, genomics, landscape genetics.
  • Assessing impacts of disease on populations