Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Katherine Sayler, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

I am interested in the molecular ecology of emerging vector-borne zoonotic diseases and animal diseases with high consequences for international trade.

Biological Scientists

Carisa Boyce

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Ph.D. Students

Claudia Ganser

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Avian malaria community relationships across a range of ecosystems and their impact on regional and global transmission dynamics


Felipe Hernandez

School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida


Landscape genetic and pseudorabies (PRV) infection patterns in feral swine populations of south-central Florida

Mary M. Merrill

DSC_0424 copyI am studying ticks and tick-borne diseases of deer, cattle, and wild pigs in South Central Florida.


M.S. Students

Shannon Moore

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida


Movement, population structure, and disease prevalence of cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis)


Karen Hood

B.S. Zoology, Emerging Scholars Program, University of Florida


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I’m researching Theileria, a piroplasm that infects deer and other animals globally through tick vectors

 Hanna Innocent

B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Emerging Scholars Program, University of Florida


I am researching the movement of Cattle Egrets and the potential problems they cause by spreading disease.


Brandon Parker

B.S. Animal Science, University of Florida


I am assisting Felipe Hernandez with his research on pseudorabies in the wild hog population

Former Students

Courtney Bounds, M.S.

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

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I am researching shedding rates of pseudorabies (PRV) in feral swine at MAERC.

Sieara Claytor, M.S.

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida


I am interested in species of ranavirus that infect amphibians, in particular the common midwife toad virus and frog virus 3.