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Dr. Holly Ernest, DVM, MS, PhD

  • Professor, Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology

  • Wyoming Excellence Chair in Disease Ecology

  • Certified Senior Ecologist through Ecological Society of America

  • USGS Permitted Hummingbird Master Bander

  • Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis


holly ernest




Contact Information:

Agriculture 6012


Curriculum Vitae

Ernest Laboratory Website


  • B.S. Biology, Cornell University
  • M.S. Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Ohio State University
  • DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University
  • PhD Ecology and Genetics of Wildlife, Graduate Group in Ecology, University of California, Davis

Research Interests:

My lab members and I work to enhance wildlife population conservation, population health, and management through collaborative research, education, and public outreach in the disciplines of genomics, landscape genetics, conservation genetics, molecular ecology, and disease ecology. We focus on wildlife of western North America.  Current research projects include Wyoming statewide population genomics of mule deer, elk, and chronic wasting disease; bighorn sheep conservation genomics; non-invasive molecular (DNA) mark-recapture population sizes of black bears; and genomics and disease in hummingbirds of the Rocky Mountains.  See details


My professional memberships focus on my diverse, yet interconnected scientific areas of interest in wildlife ecology, conservation, genomics, disease, and natural history; and include birds, mammals, forensics, wildlife disease, and wildlife veterinary medicine.  Within these groups, I donate every year to help support student activities and chapters in developing countries.  Professional memberships and donations are generally paid out of my personal funds.


Special interests in graduate student education and early career mentorship, as well as mentoring undergraduate students in pre-veterinary preparation and Wildlife Health and Disease, One Health (the intersections among the environment and health of animals, plants, and people), and Wildlife Ecology programs

  • Graduate Seminars: 1) Ecology & Genomics of Disease; 2) Conservation Genomics
  • In development: online course for Spring 2022

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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Department of Veterinary Sciences

1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-9926

Fax: 307-721-2051


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