Wildlife Genetics


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Great Gray Owl

Mtn Lion

Anna's Hummingbird



Red-shouldered Hawk

White-tailed deer

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Student Opportunities forAnne_with_Oriole
Graduate, Veterinary, and Undergraduate Student
Study and Research

Ernest Lab - Disease Ecology and Ecological Genomics of wildlife and their pathogens
Now in Wyoming!

Quality education is a priority with us.


Now at the University of Wyoming (starting Sep 2014) - Our lab is home to graduate students with a high level of scientific curiosity, strong academic background, and desire to conduct creative ecological genetics and/or wildlife disease ecology research.  Keys to success includes demonstration of strong academic background (excellent GPAs, GREs, etc), some type of background in laboratory genetics, disease biology, and/or field experience with wild bird/mammal banding/capture, along with ability to work well with others, and interests in research directions of our lab group:

To secure graduate fellowships, students should have excellent academic credentials (high GPA and GRE scores: ~85%-ile or higher), as well as writing, quantitative, and verbal skills. Students should be ready and willing to TA for at least part of their graduate student tenure and write grant proposals (Dr. Ernest will mentor on grant writing and research).  TA means work as teaching assistant for University of Wyoming undergraduate courses.

Read graduate student opportunities page for more details


New PhD's with very strong genomic, disease diagnostic, and DNA laboratory skills (PCR, SNPs, Next Gen Sequencing, whole genome analysis, mitochondrial DNA sequencing, etc) are encouraged to contact Dr. Ernest. Post-doctoral candidates might work on multiple of our current genetic/genomic projects (particularly those involving hummingbirds, mountain lions, sea otters, bighorn sheep, and other species).  Post-doctoral candidates must have excellent academic credentials (high GPAs and high GREs), a record of journal publication, evidence of good grant-writing success and skills, and letters of recommendation. .


Veterinarians with interests and the desire to work toward a graduate degree are very welcome to inquire. Check out the MPVM program (Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine) and also our graduate student opportunities page for other graduate programs.

UC Davis Veterinary students with interests in the summer STAR internship are very welcome to inquire.


For academic years starting 2015, there may be open positions for University of Wyoming undergraduates.

We enjoy working with undergraduate students in the wildlife DNA and disease ecology lab and typically maintain a position to provide valuable laboratory experiences.

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