Wildlife Genetics

 

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Wildlife Genetics, Genomics, and Population Health

Laboratory of Holly Ernest DVM PhD


Developing and applying the science of DNA analysis, disease investigation, and ecological tools to answer key questions toward improved population health, conservation, and management of wildlife birds and mammals.

Expertise in wildlife of California

Educating the next generation of scientists, wildlife veterinarians, and applied ecologists.


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WHAT WE DOMagpie

  • Basic and applied research in wildlife genetics, population health, and ecology research
  • Undergraduate, veterinary, graduate, and post-doctoral training and education
  • Collaborative work toward wildlife conservation with non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies,nongovernmental organizations, and community citizen scientist volunteers
  • Outreach and education to the public

OUR RESEARCH

Spans multiple taxonomic groups: mammals and birdssea otter

  • WIldlife Disease Ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Landscape genetics
  • Interface among disease ecology, toxicology & genetics
  • invasion ecology & genetics of non-native species in California
  • Kinship genetics of natural bird and mammal populations
  • Population genetics and cancer incidence (pet ferrets)
  • Wildlife disease epidemiology
  • Field ecology for population studies


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Opportunities
for Graduate, Veterinary, and Undergraduate Students

 

 


 

Help us through donations for our research, education and service to the public

You can help by donating money to keep our projects active or to fund the education of students who will lead wildlife conservation efforts in not-so-distant future years.

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