The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center brings together curiosity and expertise from a wide variety of science backgrounds in an effort to truly understand and improve wildlife health. We work with many affiliates, so this list evolves with our projects and collaborations:
Edward (Rob) Atwill
Epidemiology and medical ecology of infectious diseases potentially transferred between livestock and wildlife; assessing microbial contamination of the environment by livestock and wildlife, with a special emphasis on microbial contamination of surface water.
Aaron C. Brault
Identification of viral determinants of vector competence and vertebrate virulence for arthropod-borne viruses, such as West Nile encephalitis virus. Molecular epidemiological approaches and genetic engineering techniques for improved diagnostics and risk assessment for emerging diseases transmitted by arthropod vectors.
Marine scientist crafting innovative, science-based solutions to environmental issues globally. An ongoing research program in restoring and sustaining resilient marine ecosystems in a changing world.
Humboldt State: Ecological maintenance of pathogens that infect wildlife, transmission ecology, ecological relevance of pathogen strain variation, tick-borne disease ecology, diseases of wild carnivores, and other topics related to wildlife diseases.
Barbara A. Byrne
Bacterial pathogenesis and host:pathogen interactions. Control of expression of virulence proteins of Rhodococcus equi, interaction of Salmonella enteritidis with epithelial cells, and characterization of intestinal microbiota in health and disease.
Tim E. Carpenter
Director of Center for Animal Disease Modeling. Livestock production economics; mathematics and simulation modeling; spatial and wildlife epidemiology.
Bruno B. Chomel
Zoonotic disease epidemiology and diagnostics; microbiology; infectious disease (bovine, companion animal, laboratory animal, primate, ruminant, wildlife).
Deana is the lead non-game veterinarian at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and a research scientist at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. She has expertise in epidemiologic study design, disease risk analysis and disease management of wildlife species.
Tracy L. Clippinger
Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate: Captive wildlife medicine; diseases associated with intensive husbandry; reintroduction of captively-bred endangered species.
Biochemical and molecular control of gonadal and adrenal steroidogenesis and its role in the reproductive development and physiology of vertebrates.
Patricia A. Conrad
Biotechnology, immunology, infectious disease, parasitology. Molecular biology; immunology of pathogenic protozoa (Neospora, babesia, sarcocystosis). Development of parasite-specific DNA probes and immunoassays; immunological and epidemiological studies on protozoal parasites of dogs, horses, cattle and humans; special interest in characterization of protozoal parasites that cause infertility, abortion in cattle; and tick-transmitted protozoa.
Assistant Professor of Population Health & Reproduction at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a specialty focus in equine reproduction.
John M. Eadie
Waterfowl ecology and evolution; behavioral ecology; ecological and conservation genetics
Holly B. Ernest
Genetics for wildlife conservation and management; genetic epidemiology; conservation biology; wildlife veterinary medicine; spatial ecology; forensic genetics
William T. Ferrier
Raptor medicine; falconry; infectious diseases and toxins in wild birds.
Epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. Special interests include granulocytic ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and plague. Simulation and analytical modeling of infectious disease persistence and emergence in nature, using different pathogen-host systems. Infectious diseases in animal shelters: bordetellosis, diarrheal diseases, feline URI, arthropod induced dermatopathy. Maintenance and spread of infectious diseases in coral reef ecosystems.
Ian A. Gardner
University of Prince Edward Island: Epidemiology of swine, wildlife, and livestock diseases; diagnostic test evaluation; analytical and clinical epidemiology; swine pneumonia
Humboldt State University Affiliate: Habitat use, energetics, food habits and nutrition; urban wildlife; and effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Affiliate: Wildlife medicine with emphasis on reducing the risk of transmitting infectious disease between wildlife and livestock
CSU Monterey Bay: Marine Geology, Benthic Habitats, Submarine Canyons & Landslides, Tsunamis, Coastal Processes
Gulland is the Senior Scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where she has been actively involved in the veterinary care and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals and research into marine mammal diseases since 1994.
Companion avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery; disease transmission between companion exotics and their owners. Director of the California Raptor Center.
UC Davis in the school of veterinary medicine working on foreign animal disease prevention, policy development and response planning at both the state and national levels.
David A. Jessup
California Department of Fish and Game Affiliate: Infectious diseases and their effect on wildlife populations. Oil pollution and other man-made and environmental toxins; wildlife capture, anesthesia, and handling and relocation.
Comparative physiology: respiratory, cardiovascular, exercise, metabolic, thermoregulation, environmental, integrative, evolutionary; biomechanics, allometry, structure-function relationships; physiological ecology; and transport stress.
Population genetics and animal forensics. Using simple tandem repeats (STRs) or microsatellites and mtDNA markers to define the genetic and population structures of captive and wild populations of non-human primates. Animal forensics based on the analyses of traces of animal blood, saliva and hair collected at crime scenes or from civil cases for DNA-typing.
Behavior associated cranial abscesses in white-tailed deer; pathogenesis of white-nose syndrome and techniques to reduce mortality among bats; novel canine parvoviruses and emerging enteric disease in raccoons and cats; epidemiology and pathogenesis of a novel orthomomyxovirus affecting common eiders; environmental factors associated with mass strandings of lesser shearwaters.
Dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: Oversees all UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine activities, personnel, facilities and funding resources.
Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate: Captive and free-ranging wildlife medicine, especially felids.
V. Michael Lane
Mammalian reproductive hormones, fertility and fecundity; field applications of contraception.
Biotechnology, epidemiology, reproduction (primate, wildlife, zoo/exotic). Ovarian function; early pregnancy and comparative reproductive endocrinology. Wildlife reproduction. Comparative reproductive endocrinology, toxicology, and epidemiology. Reproduction of non-domestic species; endocrine aspects of female fertility and early pregnancy, reproductive epidemiology.
Linda J. Lowenstine
Pathology and pathogenesis of naturally occurring diseases of captive and free-living marine mammals, nonhuman primates, and birds especially those affecting conservation and captive propagation. Current focus is on the herpesviruses of sea lions and harbor seals, the role of viruses and pollutants in cancer in sea lions, domoic acid intoxication in marine mammals and birds, diseases of gorillas, orangutans and bonobos and cardiovascular disease in great apes.
Comparative genetics; genetic maps to address inherited diseases.
James N. MacLachlan
Viral pathogenesis; Molecular characterization of West Nile virus, equine arteritis virus & bluetongue virus; pathogenesis of bluetongue infection of cattle, sheep and wildlife; pathogenesis of equine arteritis virus infection.
Gary D. Marty
Effects of infectious diseases and toxicants on wild fish populations
Specialties: Advanced analytics, avian medicine and surgery, oiled wildlife rehabilitation, emergency response/crisis management, field operations planning and management, avian capture techniques.
Behavioral ecology and evolution of mammalian vocal communication; animal behavior and communication as tools for animal production, management, and conservation
Sperm cell biology, stallion infertility, evaluation of sperm function, cryobiology of macaque and horse sperm.
California Department of Fish and Game Affiliate: Investigative pathology in marine animals; toxoplasmosis; domoic acid; sea otter recovery.
Foreign animal diseases; food animal diseases, pathology and toxicology; diseases of fish and fish pathology; botulism in livestock.
Cell pathology, immunotoxicology, mast cell biology, signal transduction, cellular calcium regulation, immunotoxicology.
Bodega Marine Laboratory: Monitoring the geographic distribution of the rickettsial bacterium that causes withering syndrome (WS), a devastating disease of multiple California abalone species, and examining species-specific difference in virulence, disease progression and potential impact of climate change.
Dr. Michael Murray is a key figure in sea otter conservation efforts from California to the Russian Far East. He is also deeply engaged in the exhibit and field research activities of the Aquarium’s Project White Shark, cares for the aquarium’s living collection, and has worked to support recovery of endangered bald eagles and California condors.
Bennie I Osburn
Biotechnology, immunology, infectious disease (bovine, ruminant). Immunopathology, fetal and viral disease, bluetongue virus, preharvest food safety.
Pathophysiology of respiratory disease; pathophysiology of gastrointestinal disease
Dr. Paul-Murphy is board certified in the specializations of zoological medicine (DACZM) and animal welfare (DACAW). She is a professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.
Niels C. Pedersen
Infectious and immunologic diseases of animals. Retroviral diseases of cats and monkeys. Animal models for human AIDS.
The Pesavento laboratory is interested in diseases affecting intensively housed animals, and in particular we study shelter associated feline and canine diseases. The compounded vulnerability of shelter animals to disease includes host compromise (eg stress, nutrition), but also dense populations of animals provide a unique environment with a high prevalence of pathogens and intense variability in pathogen virulence.
Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate: Pathogenesis and epidemiology of infectious diseases; avian embryonic and neonatal pathology as it relates to captive propagation for recovery programs; population dynamics of infectious disease and disease risk assessment for translocation and reintroduction programs
Laura's research at Bodega Marine Laboratory addresses processes that impact the health of marine populations and communities and applies these to fishery management and marine conservation issues.
Holding licenses in both human and veterinary medicine, she became a One Health Practitioner, capable of viewing health and diseases that cross species and discipline barriers. Practicing locally and globally she makes decisions and interventions in the best interest of animals, humans and the environment as a whole.
Areas of research interest include transport and fate of zoonotic pathogens in watersheds and coastal ecosystems; effects of landscape change and climate variability on disease transmission; impacts of water scarcity and impaired quality on human and animal population health, and food safety.
UC Davis School of Medicine: Expert in infectious diseases and has clinical interests in the areas of general internal medicine, immune deficiency and antibiotic-associated colitis.
Eugene P. Steffey
Anesthesia, anesthesiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, physiology/pharmacology.
Jeffery L. Stott
Immunology infectious disease (bovine, ruminant, equine, wildlife). Immunopathogenesis of viral and bacterial diseases in ruminant, equine and marine mammal species. Immunomodulation of the mucosal immune system. Developmental and comparative immunology of marine mammal species, domestic livestock (bovine/equine) and zoo animals.
Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate: Captive and free-ranging wildlife medicine.
Lisa A. Tell
Diseases of free ranging and companion avian species. Special emphasis on avian mycobacteriosis and treatment of avian fungal infections of the respiratory tract. Expanding population size of endangered psittacine species and providing a means of genome resource banking.
Animal ethics and law; agricultural law and ethics; veterinary ethical, legal, and policy studies; animal research ethics; animal welfare science and ethics; environmental ethics.
Ross P. Tarara
Wildlife pathology with emphasis on primates.
Koen Van Rompay
Viral pathogenesis and the effects of antiviral drug treatment. HIV vaccine research for developing countries.
Frank J.M. Verstraete
Comparative odontology; comparative oral and dental pathology; structure and pathology of the temporomandibular joint in mammals.
E. Scott Weber
Dr. Weber joins UC Davis from the New England Aquarium in Boston. He will be collaborating on efforts to develop a California Marine Animal laboratory. Interest and experience with zoological and aquarium collections, companion exotic animals, marine animal rehabilitation, and conservation medicine. Special interest in the immune response of fish, reptiles, and amphibians to infectious disease.
Barry W. Wilson
Muscle growth and development; neurotoxicology; ecotoxicology.
Executive Vice President, Senior Research Scientist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate: Captive and free-ranging wildlife medicine; endangered species recovery and reintroduction; diagnostic techniques in large mammals.