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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

Disease Ecology Course

Disease Ecology Course

Course offered – Spring 2017
Disease Ecology


Undergrads: PATB 4240 (CRN 26994) and Cross-listed with ENR 4240 (CRN 29198)
Grad Students: PATB 5240 (Grad Students; CRN 26995) and Cross-listed with ENR 5240 (CRN 29199)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:45-4pm**


Come join us for an exciting course!

This course will help students build knowledge, critical thinking skills, and tools for applying the interdisciplinary science of Disease Ecology in:

  • How interactions among species, ecosystems, human systems, and abiotic components of the environment affect patterns and processes of disease,
  • Considerations for coevolution of hosts and pathogens, conservation biology, models used to understand disease dynamics,
  • Approaches to manage and control disease in animals, plants, and humans

Study of emerging infectious diseases and diseases from environmental contaminants, are increasingly a key public health and natural population conservation tool. Examples in the news: Ebola, SARS, MERS, Nipah virus, oil spills, Chytrid fungus in amphibians, Bark Beetle in pine trees and more!

Great course for students interested in:

  • Wildlife biology, plant sciences, public health fields, veterinary sciences, landscape ecology, conservation ecology, population ecology, wildlife health, landscape genetics, animal sciences, just to name a few…
  • Learning how disease is important for a career in wildlife and natural resource agencies, public health, human medicine, agriculture, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and others.

Course Prerequisites:
LIFE 2022 or 2023 and STAT 2050 or 2070, or permission of instructor (email Dr. Ernest with courses you have taken that might cover these).

Required texts –
will be available free/online via UW library or option to buy at campus store

Dr. Holly Ernest, a wildlife ecologist (PhD in Ecology) and conservation veterinarian (DVM and MS) who uses genomic tools for research and education in population health, disease ecology, and genomics for wildlife conservation.