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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

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Holly Ernest DVM PhD

Professor, Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology and Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology
Principle Investigator, Mentor and Research Facilitator

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Laura Johnson

Lab Manager and Lead Technician

Lab members in 2018

L to R, Kyle, Bruce*, Erin, Brady, Melanie, Holly, Beth with baby Quin, Emily, Millie, Adrienne, Maggie

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Braden Godwin

MS candidate
Hummingbird Population Genomics and Ecology

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Melanie LaCava

PhD candidate, Pronghorn Population Genomics, Mule Deer Population Genomics and CWD Susceptibility Genetics

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Nicole Carter

MS student
Southern Sea Otter Genetics and Disease Ecology

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Erick Gagne

Lab Affiliate
Now based at Colorado State University, and continuing work on Mountain lion and Sea Otter projects with our lab. Completed 2-year postdoc in our lab.

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Sierra Love Stowell

Lab Affiliate, Research Genomicist, Now based in Boulder; continuing work part time with us on bighorn sheep and Cutthroat Trout genetics. Completed 2-year postdoc in our lab.

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Kyle Gustafson

Lab Affiliate, Asst Prof at Missouri Southern State Univ, and working with us on mountain lion genomics, bear genetics, and other projects in the lab.  Completed 2-year postdoc in our lab.

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Adrienne Mackenzie

Wildlife Genomics Undergraduate Intern. Research project = Landscape scale Rocky Mountain Hummingbird Hemoparasite prevalence using genetic and microscopic detection methods. Also assists with  Cervid genomics and CWD Research.

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*Dr. Bruce Hoar, honorary lab epidemiologist and field work assistant