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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

Wildlife Disease Ecology

Wildlife Disease Ecology

Disease occurrence and the severity of disease outbreaks are increasing in wildlife. These increases are largely driven by human-caused factors such as pollution, human movement of animals, changes in the environment that alter animal dispersal and migration routes, and increased contact between wildlife and domestic animals. Therefore, preventing disease outbreaks is becoming recognized as an important component of wildlife conservation and human health.

Our lab is focused on using genomic (DNA) approaches to address important questions in disease ecology. For example, we investigate how infected animals relate to how disease spreads across varied environments, and we determine genetic signatures of those animals that are associated with increased or decreased disease susceptibility.

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Disease Ecology