In the News and Lab Highlights for 2014-2015
Yellow-blled Magpie Abundance and Distribution - new paper!
This publication documents California state-wide distribution and substantial retraction of the range in the San Joaquin Valley.
Crosbie, Souza, and Ernest. 2014.
ABUNDANCE AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE
In the journal of Western Field Ornithologists: Western Birds
In loving memory of Scott Crosbie
>> Stay tuned for upcoming exciting new publications, including 2 new papers on Puma (mountain lion, cougar) genetics and ecology! <<
More bear research in the news!
LA Times article
highlights the California state-wide bear genetic diversity research of our lab. Genetic signature of 1930's translocation of bears moved from Yosemite to southern California.
San Luis Obispo Tribute new article
highlights our molecular mark-recapture black bear research.
PhD candidate Jamie Sherman quoted.
San Luis Obispo county, California
We Dare to Set Square Hair Snares For Unaware Bears There! (...sorry!)
Holly Ernest, Loreto Godoy, our lab, and collaborators:
- Published the first comprehensive review of diseases afflicting hummingbirdsIn press with the Journal of Ornithology
- Conducted the first definitive laboratory diagnosis and discovered cause of severe disease syndrome in hummingbirds:
Research in press
Characterization of avian poxvirus in Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in California. LA Godoy, LS Dalbeck, LA Tell, LW Woods, RR Colwell, B Robinson, SM Wethington, A Moresco, PR Woolcock, HB Ernest. In press. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
- Wildlife genetics, Bird Health, and Citizen Science
- Wildlife Health Center Update:
Assessing Health and Genetics of California’s Hummingbirds
- School of Veterinary Medicine NEWS. Citizen Science Humming Along
Infection Files: One boar-burger medium-well, please
Wild game, primarily wild boar and black bear, is primarily linked to human cases of trichinellosis in the United States, yet little is known about the occurrence of Trichinella spp. in these reservoir species. The research of UC Davis PhD student Jamie Sherman aims to fill these gaps with state-wide prevalence study on this zoonotic parasite. She will be using molecular genetic techniques for this wildlife epidemiology study.
The Magpie and Nobel Prizewinner
Nobel Prizewinner Professor Peter Doherty cited our Yellow-billed Magpie and West Nile virus work in his new book.
His book describes how birds "...are recruited by humans to help us interpret changes in our increasingly challenged and unpredictable world. These wonderful creatures continually sample the atmosphere, oceans, fields and forests, signalling toxic and environmental dangers that threaten all vertebrates...." "...Through personal stories and fascinating examples, Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty shows also how birds have contributed to cutting-edge medical research..."
Professor Doherty received his Nobel prize in in Physiology / Medicine in 1996 and is also a veterinarian/professor based at University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Sentinel Chickens - What birds tell us about our health and the world, ISBN: 9780522861105 Melbourne University Press August 2012
The book cites the work of Drs. Scott Crosbie and Holly Ernest.