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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:

  • Wildlife Biologist, Population Geneticist, and Research Veterinarian
  • Professor, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology
  • Lead Investigator: Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Lab

Wildlife Population Ecology, Genetics, Genomics, and Disease Ecology for Conservation and Wildlife Health;

Dedicated to:

  • Research in wildlife sciences for improved animal, ecosystem, and human health.
  • Research to develop and apply latest methods in genomic science, wildlife biology, disease ecology, toward health, conservation, and management of wild animal populations.
  • Educating the next generation of scientists, wildlife biologists, and veterinarians in disease ecology and wildlife genomics.
  • Providing wildlife population health service and information.

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:

Ungulates (Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, and others), Sea Otter, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Hummingbirds, Raptors

Special interest diseases:

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

Special interest regions:

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


American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

American Ornithological Society

Association of Field Ornithologists

Ecological Society of America

Raptor Research Foundation

Society for Wildlife Forensic Science

Society for the Study of Evolution

The Wildlife Society, including Western section and Wyoming section

Wildlife Disease Association

Wilson Ornithological Society


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

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Department of Veterinary Sciences

1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-5059

Fax: 307-721-2051


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