Wildlife Genetics

 

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Great Gray Owl

Mtn Lion

Anna's Hummingbird

Bear

magpie

Red-shouldered Hawk

White-tailed deer

Galápagos hawk

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Current Research Projects

Wildlife Genetics, Genomics, and Population HealthMountain Lion
Laboratory of Holly Ernest

WIldlife & Ecology Unit, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory


Mammals

Mountain Lions (Puma concolor, cougars): Ecological/population genetics, development and application of DNA tests to identification of individuals, parents, and kin. Holly Ernest, Tracy Drazenovich, Lisa Dalbeck, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, USDA-Wildlife Services, and collaborators.

Bighorn SheepBighorn Sheep

  • Landscape genetic analyses in Arizona. Daphne Gille, Holly Ernest, and Collaborators: Arizona Dept of Game and Fish and nongovernmental agencies.
  • Genetics of migration: Transborder (California-Mexico) assessment of gene flow for Peninsular Bighorn sheep (federally listed endangered). Mike Buchalski, Holly Ernest, Walter Boyce, Winston VIckers, The Nature Conservancy, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego Zoo, and collaborators in Mexico.

Black Bears: Disease ecology and population genetics of California bears. Molecular mark-recapture using hair snags. Jamie Sherman, Holly Ernest, and collaborators: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Mono County, Utah State University, California Deer Association, and others.Black Bear

Sea otters: development and application of DNA tests to identification of individuals, parents, andkin;populationgenetics and disease ecology. Holly Ernest, Max Tarjan (UC Santa Cruz), Tim Tinker (UC Santa Cruz), Melissa Miller (Cal Dept Fish and Wildlife), Lisa Dalbeck, Tracy Drazenovich, and collaborators.

Domestic Ferrets, genetics, and cancer. Holly Ernest, Michelle Hawkins,Tracy Drazenovich, Lisa sea otter Dalbeck,and collaborators.

Feral Pigs: Ecological/population genetics.Holly Ernest, Lisa Dalbeck, and collaborators.

Bobcats - ecological genetics and population health. Megan Jennings, Rebecca Lewison, Holly Ernest,and collaborators.Ferret

Birds

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds of California: Diseases, population health, conservation genetics, and ecology. Holly Ernest, Lisa Tell, Loreto Godoy, Lisa Dalbeck, the Hummingbird Monitoring Network, Lindsay Allen's HummingbirdWildlife Museum Hospital, Wildlife Care Association, UC Davis Museum of Wildlife, Institute for Bird Populations, Audubon Societies, and more collaborators.

Corvids

Yellow-billed Magpies: Ecology, Effects of West Nile virus, population genetics,developmentandapplication ofDNAtests to identification of individuals, parents, and kin; and Citizen Science Program to monitor their numbers: Magpie Monitor and Bicycle Bird Biologist Program.Scott Crosbie, Lisa Goldberg, Levi Souza, Ben Harmeling, Holly Ernest,and collaborators.Yellow-billed Magpie

Raptors

Great Gray Owls: Conservation genetics, habitat modeling, development and application of DNAandbioaccoustictests to identification of individuals, parents, and kin; tests for exposure to West Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull, Eric Jepsen, Joe Medley, JohnKeane,Holly Ernest, and collaborators.Great Gray Owl

 

Other completed Research Projects

Swainson’s Hawks: Conservation genetics, development and application of DNA tests to identificationof individuals,sex(gender), parents, and kin; Exposure to West Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull,Swainson's Hawk Technical Advisory Committee, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.

Deer: kinship genetics and forensic applications (collaborations with Service and Forensic Units of Veterinary Genetics Swainson's HawkLaboratory). Kinship and Chronic Wasting Disease: Holly Ernest, Jay Well, Bruce Hoar, Katherine O'Rourke. Forensicmarkers: Megan Caulder, Beth Wictum, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep: Captive Breeding Contingency Plan. Holly Ernest

House Finches and West Nile virus at Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge.  Ann Pelligini, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.

Coopers Hawks: Gender determination by DNA and morphological markers; Exposure to West Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull, Sarah Pitzer, Buzz Hull, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.House Finch

Red-shouldered Hawks: Population genetics, development and application of DNA tests to identificationof individuals, parents, and kin; gender determination by DNA and morphological markers; Exposure toWest Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull, Sarah Pitzer, Amanda Irish, Holly Ernest, andcollaborators.

Red-tailed Hawks: Population genetics, development and application of DNA tests to identification ofindividuals, parents, and kin; gender determination by DNA and morphological markers; Exposure to West Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull, Sarah Pitzer, Buzz Hull, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.Red-Shouldered Hawk

Spotted Owls in Sierra Nevada mountains: Exposure to West Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull, John Keane, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.

Northern Goshawks in Sierra Nevada mountains: Exposure to West Nile virus (antibody levels). Joshua Hull, John Keane, Holly Ernest, and collaborators.

Western Scrub Jays and other corvids in California: Ecology and population genetics, development and application of DNA tests to identification of individuals, parents, and kin. Holly Ernest, Scott Crosbie, Lisa Goldberg, and collaborators.

 

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