Ecological Genetics & Wildlife Population Health
Laboratory of Holly Ernest
Tracy Drazenovich DVM - Lab manager and technician
Jamie Sherman - PhD Candidate in Animal Biology - disease ecology and population genetics of black bears. Currently Veterinary Student class of 2019.
*Loreto Godoy DVM - PhD Candidate in Ecology & Conservation Management Program; MPVM (Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine) - Sea otter project; Hummingbird Health and Genetics Project
Treasured colleague, very sorely missed.
Loreto Godoy Memorial Scholarship
Scott Crosbie PhD - PhD in Animal Biology - Yellow-billed Magpie Project, Western Scrub Jays.
A friend wrote this in Scott’s honor: “There will be brilliantly feathered birds where you are going who will sing their lovely and welcoming songs and you’ll call them by name”.
Alumni of our lab
Lauren Ayala - Veterinary student STAR research program; Currently veterinarian
Sarah Bahan - Veterinary Student STAR summer 2013 intern (Hummingbird Disease Ecology project). Hemoparasite study; Veterinarian as of June 2016.
Sarah Brown - Laboratory Manager/technician; graduate student researcher; Currently postdoc, UC Merced.
Kelsey Brust - Wildlife Genetics Undergraduate Intern; Currently veterinarian
MIchael Buchalski - Postdoctoral Scholar: landscape genetics, bighorn sheep projects; Currently postdoc, NMSU and Oregon State Univ.
Megan Caulder- Forensic Science Graduate Student (with VGL Forensic Unit) - Deer Genetics; now forensic geneticist with California Dept of Justice and California Association of Criminalists
Julia Collins - Master's Degree 2004, Forensic Science Graduate Group; Currently staff geneticist, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
Scott Crosbie PhD - PhD in Animal Biology - Yellow-billed Magpie Project, Western Scrub Jays
Lisa Dalbeck - Laboratory Manager & Technician; Currently staff geneticist, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
Caitlin Dalby - Wildlife Genetics Undergraduate Intern; now teacher, California.
Yoshinori Endo - Wildlife Genetics Undergraduate Intern
Nuradilla Mohamad Fauzi - Wildlife Genetics Undergraduate Intern
Daphne Gille - 2016 PhD in Integrative Genomics and Genetics Graduate Group - bighorn sheep genetics, disease ecology (our lab) (sturgeon genetics (GVL)).
Elinor Granzow - Veterinary student STAR research program; Currently veterinarian
Kelly Hagadorn - undergraduate Wildlife Genetics intern and BUSP program; now employed San Diego Zoo.
Ben Harmeling - Veterinary student STAR research program; Yellow-billed Magpie Project
Elizabeth Heeg - Master's Degree Genetics Graduate Group; now employed in Ministry for Primary Industries (Forestry issues) in New Zealand.
Jasna Hodzic - Wildlife Genetics Undergraduate Intern; now employed as Restoration Technician at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, California.
Joshua Hull PhD - PhD, in Ecology and Post-doctoral research; Currently Supervisory Asst Adj Prof, UCD
Amanda Irish - Veterinary student STAR research program; Undergraduate Wildlife Genetics Intern; now veterinarian.
Megan Jennings - PhD , Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology: from Lewison lab San Diego State University and our lab; employed US Forest Service and SDSU.
Eric Jepsen - MS student in Avian Science - Great Gray Owl Project; now wildlife biologist.
Jennifer Kurushima - Technician, Genetics graduate student rotation; now adjunct professor.
Lydia Lam - Veterinary student STAR research program; Sea Otter Project; now veterinarian.
Janet Landa - Undergraduate Wildlife Genetics Intern; now veterinarian.
Elizabeth Long - Graduate Student Researcher; now postdoc UCLA.
Joe Medley - completed MS in Avian Science - Great Gray Owl Project with us (now PhD student with Dr. Josh Hull)
Christopher Micheletti - Vet Student STAR 2012 intern (puma museum DNA) & Undergrad Wildlife Genetics Intern; now veterinarian.
Priya Motupalli - Magpie Monitor Undergraduate Intern and volunteer coordinator; now Animal Welfare Specialist at World Animal Protection US.
Elizabeth Mullaney - Undergraduate Wildlife Genetics Intern
Anne Pelligrini - MS student in Avian Science - House Finch/West Nile virus project
Sarah Pitzer - Master's Degree Avian Science Graduate Group
Brian Ramming - Informatics Undergraduate Intern; now employed at large corporation.
Kalyn Records - Undergraduate Wildlife Genetics Intern
Ben Sacks PhD - Post-doctoral Researcher & Asst Project Ecologist; now Adj. Assoc. Prof, UC Davis.
Levi Souza - MS in Ecology; Now Upland Game Envir. Specialist, Calif. Dept. Fish and Wildlife
Mary Stice - Veterinary student STAR research program; Hummingbird Project; now veterinarian.
Tara Thiemann - visiting post-doc, from laboratory of Dr. William Reisen; now professor.
Jacob Tupper - Veterinary Student STAR summer 2013 intern (Bear Disease Ecology project); Veterinarian as of June 2016.
Danielle Tufts - Undergraduate Wildlife Genetics Intern
Leanne Taylor - Veterinary student STAR research program, now veterinarian
Jay Well - Laboratory Manager/technician; now Oregon State Univ. SMILE program
Crystal Williams - Undergraduate Wildlife Genetics Intern; now Veterinarian.
Where did they do next?
Some of the positions held by students, post-doctoral researchers, and staff following their work in our lab
- Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramennto; Adjunct Asst Prof UC Davis
- Senior Supervising Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Senior Staff Scientist, Entrix environmental consulting firm
- Environmental Scientist, California Dept of Fish and Wildlife
- Staff, UC Davis Lake Tahoe Environmental Research Center
- Staff Research Associate, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
- Program Coordinator, SMILE program, Oregon State University
- Forensic scientist, California Department of Justice Forensic DNA Laboratory
- PhD student in New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington)
- PhD student in Animal Science, UC Davis
- Veterinary summer STAR program students - most became practicing veterinarians, some are preparing for zoological medicine and/or research careers
- Undergrad interns - several gained acceptance to veterinary school (3 at UC Davis - some were accepted at multiple vet schools) and graduate programs throughout the country including UC Davis (Ecology, Genetics), in the U.K. (University of Edinburg). One has a job a computer programmer with INTEL.
- Veterinary School
- Practicing veterinarians
- Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service