Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center


With thirty-nine scientists from fourteen fields as faculty affiliates, the WHC brings together the curiosity and expertise needed to truly understand why wildlife health and ecosystems are in crisis.

Edward R. (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.
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Walter M. Boyce
Biotechnology, epidemiology, immunology, infectious diseases (ruminant, wildlife, zoo/exotic)
Web Page; wmboyce@ucdavis.edu

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.
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Deborah Brosnan
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. Web page; dbrosnan@ucdavis.edu

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.
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Tim E. Carpenter
Director of Center for Animal Disease Modeling. Livestock production economics; mathematics and simulation modeling; spatial and wildlife epidemiology.
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Bruno B. Chomel
Zoonotic disease epidemiology and diagnostics; microbiology; infectious disease (bovine, companion animal, laboratory animal, primate, ruminant, wildlife).
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Deana Clifford (California Department of Fish and Game)

Tracy L. Clippinger (Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate)
Captive wildlife medicine; diseases associated with intensive husbandry; reintroduction of captively-bred endangered species.
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Alan Conley
Biochemical and molecular control of gonadal and adrenal steroidogenesis and its role in the reproductive development and physiology of vertebrates.
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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.
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Mike Cranfield
Co-Director with Kirsten Gilardi of the Mountain Gorilla One Health Program, a partnership between the Wildlife health Center and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, the only source of veterinary care to mountain gorillas in the wild. Dr. Cranfield is based in Baltimore but spends a good part of the year in Rwanda.

Leslie A. Dierauf (USGS Affiliate)
Director of the National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, Wisconsin). Impacts of zoonotic diseases on public health and policy; wildlife conservation and public policy; conservation education.

John M. Eadie
Waterfowl ecology and evolution; behavioral ecology; ecological and conservation genetics
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Holly B. Ernest
Genetics for wildlife conservation and management; genetic epidemiology; conservation biology; wildlife veterinary medicine; spatial ecology; forensic genetics
Web Page; hbernest@ucdavis.edu

William T. Ferrier
Raptor medicine; falconry; infectious diseases and toxins in wild birds.
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Janet Foley
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.
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John C. Galland
Development of productive, compliant, and safe laboratory practices for diagnostics and research.

Ian A. Gardner (University of Prince Edward Island)
Epidemiology of swine, wildlife, and livestock diseases; diagnostic test evaluation; analytical and clinical epidemiology; swine pneumonia
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Joe Gaydos
Diseases of free-ranging wildlife and how they impact wildlife populations, domestic animals, and people; diseases of deer, river otters, killer whales, and harbor seals. Regional director of the SeaDoc Society (based on Orcas Island, Washington).
Web Page; jkgaydos@ucdavis.edu

Kirsten V. K. Gilardi
Director of SeaDoc Society (formerly Marine Ecosystem Health Program) at the Wildlife Health Center, including the California Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project, co-director of the Mountain Gorilla One Health Program, and co-director of the Envirovet Summer Institute. Provides veterinary services to various threatened and endangered species recovery programs, and conducts research on marine/aquatic animal health and ecosystem health.
Web Page; kvgilardi@ucdavis.edu

Richard Golightly (Humboldt State University Affiliate)
Habitat use, energetics, food habits and nutrition; urban wildlife; and effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife

Ben Gonzales (California Department of Fish and Game Affiliate)
Wildlife medicine with emphasis on reducing the risk of transmitting infectious disease between wildlife and livestock

Michelle Hawkins
Companion avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery; disease transmission between companion exotics and their owners.
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David A. Jessup (California Department of Fish and Game Affiliate; WHC Research Associate)
Infectious diseases and their effect on wildlife populations. Oil pollution and other man-made and environmental toxins; wildlife capture, anesthesia, and handling and relocation.

Christine Kreuder Johnson
Risk factors for disease in free-ranging wildlife and their impact on wildlife populations. Causes of mortality and risk factors for pathogen exposure in California sea otters. Coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Game Resource Assessment Program. Veterinary and statistical / analytical services for research projects on threatened and endangered wildlife.

James Jones
Comparative physiology: respiratory, cardiovascular, exercise, metabolic, thermoregulation, environmental, integrative, evolutionary; biomechanics, allometry, structure-function relationships; physiological ecology; and transport stress.
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Sree Kanthaswamy
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.

Nadine Lamberski (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.
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R. Scott Larsen
Captive and free-ranging wildlife medicine. Tuberculosis in wildlife.
Web page slarsen@ucdavis.edu

Bill Lasley
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.
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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.
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Leslie Lyons
Comparative genetics; genetic maps to address inherited diseases.
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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.
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Gary D. Marty
Effects of infectious diseases and toxicants on wild fish populations

Greg Massey
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Jonna A.K. Mazet
Director of the Wildlife Health Center. Development and application of epidemiological techniques for the conservation of threatened ecosystems with focus on the impacts of infectious diseases and toxins on wildlife populations.
Web Page; jkmazet@ucdavis.edu

Brenda McCowan
Behavioral ecology and evolution of mammalian vocal communication; animal behavior and communication as tools for animal production, management, and conservation
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Stuart Meyers
Sperm cell biology, stallion infertility, evaluation of sperm function, cryobiology of macaque and horse sperm.
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Melissa Miller (California Department of Fish and Game Affiliate)
Investigative pathology in marine animals; toxoplasmosis; domoic acid; sea otter recovery.

Woutrina Miller
Water-borne pathogens
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Robert Moeller
Foreign animal diseases; food animal diseases, pathology and toxicology; diseases of fish and fish pathology; botulism in livestock.
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Chuck Mohr
Cell pathology, immunotoxicology, mast cell biology, signal transduction, cellular calcium regulation, immunotoxicology.
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Stephen S. Morse (Columbia University)
Epidemiology of infectious diseases and improving disease early warning systems.
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Bennie I Osburn
Biotechnology, immunology, infectious disease (bovine, ruminant). Immunopathology, fetal and viral disease, bluetongue virus, preharvest food safety.
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John Pascoe
Pathophysiology of respiratory disease; pathophysiology of gastrointestinal disease
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Niels C. Pedersen
Infectious and immunologic diseases of animals. Retroviral diseases of cats and monkeys. Animal models for human AIDS.
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Bruce Rideout (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 Rogers-Bennett
Laura Rogers-Bennett’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.
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Cheryl Scott
Cheryl Scott is the director of the Calvin Schwabe One Health Project in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Joe Silva (UC Davis School of Medicine)

Eugene P. Steffey
Anesthesia, anesthesiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, physiology/pharmacology.
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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.
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Meg Sutherland-Smith (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.
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Jerrold Tannenbaum
Animal ethics and law; agricultural law and ethics; veterinary ethical, legal, and policy studies; animal research ethics; animal welfare science and ethics; environmental ethics
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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
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Raymund F. Wack
Captive and free-ranging wildlife medicine. Safe and effective immobilization drugs.
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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.
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Barry W. Wilson
Muscle growth and development; neurotoxicology; ecotoxicology
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Michael H. Ziccardi
Director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at the Wildlife Health Center. Wildlife and molecular epidemiology; diagnostic test development and validation for wildlife species; effects of petroleum on marine birds and mammals
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Jeffrey Zuba (Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliate)
Captive and free-ranging wildlife medicine; endangered species recovery and reintroduction; diagnostic techniques in large mammals.