About

The research lab of Dr. Wendy C. Turner

Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We’re hiring!

We are seeking enthusiastic people at different levels to join our chronic wasting disease research program. The positions available include those listed below. Click on the titles for more information (all advertisements coming soon)!

Postdoc Position in Deer Harvest Management and CWD Modeling (available ASAP)

PhD in Deer Behavior and Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission (available January 2023) 

Senior Technician in Deer Capture and Ecology (for October 2022-May 2023)

Deer Capture Technician (for January-March 2023)

Our lab conducts research into the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, focused on environmentally-transmitted parasites and pathogens. We study ecological, behavioral and genetic factors affecting disease transmission and epidemiology, including host-pathogen interactions, host susceptibility, and pathogen variation and persistence in the environment. We examine how together these contribute to outbreak seasonality and long-term patterns in disease dynamics within and among host species.

Our research currently includes three main study systems:

  • anthrax transmission ecology in herbivorous wildlife of Namibia and South Africa,
  • chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in the Midwestern U.S., and
  • white-nose syndrome and the ecology and conservation of northern long-eared bats on Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands.

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