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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

Megan Dudenhoeffer

Megan Dudenhoeffer

Assistant Research Scientist

Melanie LaCava in the snow

Melanie LaCava

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

Nicole Carter

Nicole Carter

MS student
Southern Sea Otter Genetics and Disease Ecology

Will Swain

Will Swain

PhD student, Elk Population Genomics and CWD Susceptibility Genetics

Sierra Love Stowell holding a fish

Sierra Love Stowell

Lab Affiliate, now 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, 2016-2018.

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Erick Gagne

Lab Affiliate, Now Research Scientist at Colorado State University, and continuing work on Mountain lion and Sea Otter projects with our lab. Completed 2-year postdoc in our lab, 2015-2017.

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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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Kyle Gustafson

Lab Affiliate, now 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, 2016-2018.

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