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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

Holly Ernest

Holly Ernest

Holly ErnestHolly Ernest, DVM, PhD

Wildlife Population Ecology, Genetics, Genomics, and Disease Ecology for Conservation and Wildlife Health

Wildlife Biologist, Population Geneticist, and Research Veterinarian
Professor, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology
Lead Investigator: Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Lab

Dedicated to:

  • Research in wildlife sciences for improved animal, ecosystem, and human health.
  • Research to develop and apply latest methods in genomic science, wildlife biology, disease ecology, toward health, conservation, and management of wild animal populations.
  • Educating the next generation of scientists, wildlife biologists, and veterinarians in disease ecology and wildlife genomics
  • Providing wildlife population health service and information

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ORCID Researcher Page: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0205-8818

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Ecology, with emphasis on Wildlife Genetics and Population Health:University of California, Davis.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Cum Laude, Ohio State University.
  • M.S., Ohio State University, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology.
  • B.Sc., Cornell University, Biology (Animal Science and Biology).

 

Research

Holly Ernest in elk feed groundsInterdisciplinary applied and basic research in genetics, genomics, biology, and disease ecology for wildlife conservation and population health.

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  • Free-ranging species of conservation & management concern
  • Threatened and endangered species

Special interests in genetics and genomics for wildlife health and disease ecology: Population Genetics; Molecular DNA to reconstruct pedigrees (family trees) to reveal ecological relationships among individuals, kin groups, populations and disease distributions; Discovery of associations among genetic mechanisms, genetic diversity and evolutionary history and phenotypic diversity (phenotype is the composite of an organism’s observable characteristics or traits).

Special interest species: Mountain Lion, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, Sea Otter, Black Bear, Hummingbirds, Great Gray Owl, Yellow-billed Magpie, Swainson’s Hawk, ticks, bugs, worms, germs.

Special interest diseases: Avian pox virus, avian hemoparasites (such as avian malaria), West Nile virus, Trichinella in bears and wild pigs, and others

Special interest regions: Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West, California and western North America, Mexico, Chile; South/Central America; global interests

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Funding agencies and collaborators

  • Wyoming Department of Fish and Game
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Wyoming Wildlife Council
  • Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation
  • Colorado State University
  • Montana State University
  • UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, San Diego State University
  • National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Science Foundation
  • Meg and Bert Raynes Fund, Jackson, WY
  • NIH INBRE

 

Teaching and Education

Courses: Graduate student courses developed and taught:

Student Opportunities (Graduate, Veterinary, Undergraduate) – now in Wyoming!

Graduate student research and mentorship opportunities – now in Wyoming!

  • Engaging bright and motivated undergraduate, graduate, veterinary, and post-doctoral students who have scientific curiosity in the exciting and rapidly changing field of ecological genetics and wildlife population health.
  • Provide a collaborative, intellectually-challenging, and nurturing atmosphere. My aim is for students to grow their appreciation and talents in the art and science of designing and conducting studies involving DNA, ecology, and population health analyses of free-ranging wildlife.

 

Public and University Service

 

Holly Fine Scale Hummingbird Health WorkCurrent Projects

 

Professional Societies and Memberships

 

Master Bird Bander Federal U.S. permit (Hummingbirds)

 

Contact

Mailing address: Department of Veterinary Sciences, 1074 Snowy Range Road, Laramie Wyoming, 82070

Office Phone: (307) 766-6605

Email: hernest@uwyo.edu