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Dr. Holly Ernest, DVM, Ph.D.


holly ernest

Contact Information:

Agriculture 6012


Curriculum Vitae

Ernest Laboratory Website


B.S. Biology, Cornell University
M.S. Ohio State University
Ph.D. University of California-Davis
DVM Ohio State University

Research Interests:

!nterdisciplinary applied and basic research in genetics, genomics, biology, and disease ecology for wildlife conservation and population health.
Free-ranging species of conservation & management concern
Threatened and endangered species

Special interests in genetics and genomics for wildlife health and disease ecology:

Population Genetics; Molecular DNA to reconstruct pedigrees (family trees) to reveal ecological relationships among individuals, kin groups, populations and disease distributions; Discovery of associations among genetic mechanisms, genetic diversity and evolutionary history, phenotypic diversity (phenotype is the composite of an organism’s observable characteristics or traits) and Wildlife Forensic Genetics.

Special interest species:

Mountain Lion, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, Sea Otter, Black Bear, Hummingbirds, Great Gray Owl, Yellow-billed Magpie, Swainson’s Hawk, ticks, bugs, worms, germs.

Special interest diseases:

Avian pox virus, avian hemoparasites (such as avian malaria), chronic wasting disease, and others.

Special interest regions:

Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West, California and western North America, Mexico, Chile; South/Central America; global interests


American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
American Ornithologists’ Union
American Ornithological Society
Society for Wildlife Forensic Science
Society for the Study of Evolution
The Wildlife Society, including Western section and Wyoming section
Wildlife Disease Association


ECOL 5260/PATB 5120 • Conservation Genomics Seminar
PATB/ENR 4240/5240 • Disease Ecology

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