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Laboratory of Holly Ernest

Disease Ecology Course

Disease Ecology Course

Course offered – Spring 2018
Disease Ecology

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Undergrads: PATB 4240 (CRN TBA) and Cross-listed with ENR 4240 (CRN TBA)
Grad Students: PATB 5240 (Grad Students; CRN TBA) and Cross-listed with ENR 5240 (CRN TBA)
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 co-evolution 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

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

hernest@uwyo.edu