Holly B. Ernest, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Holly B. Ernest, D.V.M., Ph.D.Assistant Professor-in-residence, Department of Population Health and Reproduction

School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Phone: (530) 752-8245
E-mail: hbernest@ucdavis.edu
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  • Wildlife population genetics
  • Wildlife population health, diseases and disease ecology
  • Ecology of free-ranging raptors, corvids, and carnivorous mammals (bears, mountain lions, wild pigs and sea otters) with emphasis on California species

Research Focus:
  • Disease ecology, pathology, and impacts of West Nile Virus in yellow-billed magpies
  • Population genetics analysis of West Nile virus impacts to yellow-billed magpies, American crows, and Western scrub-jays
  • Disease ecology and landscape genetics of California hawks (Swainson’s hawks, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, Coopers hawks, etc) and owls (great gray owls and spotted owls)
  • Landscape genetics of California terrestrial carnivores (bears, mountain lions and wild pigs); Familial (kinship/genetic) associations of California sea otters with diseases