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Student Workshop Planning Committee

Bieneke Bron, DVM

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases working on tick and mosquito-borne diseases in Wisconsin, specifically focusing on the Tick App project to better understand human behavior and tick encounters.

Italo Zecca

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine researching vector borne disease epidemiology, particularly Chagas disease, in human, domestic animal and wildlife populations near the US-Mexico TX border.

Jamie Benn

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine developing an oral, encapsulated vaccine to protect wildlife from anthrax.

Jane Riner

DVM student at University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine working in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Investigations Lab and the Foley Lab in Infectious Disease Ecology on projects related to wildlife disease and parasitology.

Laura Adamovicz, DVM

PhD candidate at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine working on the Wellness of Wildlife project which seeks to incorporate veterinary health assessment techniques, pathogen screening, spatiotemporal data, and habitat quality considerations within a modeling framework to identify predictors of positive health status and management recommendations in wild herptiles.

Rachel Ruden, VMD

PhD student of Wildlife Ecology at Iowa State University using finch mycoplasmosis as a model to explore elements of the immune response underlying disease tolerance and the role of individual variation in disease spread.

Rebecca Hardman, DVM

PhD student at the University of Tennessee Center for Wildlife Health investigating the health of wild herpetofaunal populations with a focus on salamander conservation.

Shannon French, DVM

PhD candidate at the University of Guelph studying the ecology of Baylisascaris procyonis in Ontario.

Skye Sneed

DVM student at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine working at the Schubot Avian Health Center and in the Hamer lab on avian parasites and conservation.