Wendy Turner

Disease ecologist with a focus on the ecology and evolution of wildlife diseases.

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Wendy Turner

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Biological Sciences

Infectious diseases of wildlife, wildlife ecology, zoonotic diseases, anthrax, white-nose syndrome in bats

Campus phone: 518-442-4208
Campus email: wcturner@albany.edu


Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Wendy Turner is a disease ecologist, with research on the ecology and evolution of wildlife diseases. Turner joined the University at Albany in 2015.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, studying the ecology of gastrointestinal parasites in herbivorous mammals from Namibia. She was awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the University of Oslo, Norway, investigating anthrax transmission in grazing wildlife in Namibia.

Dr. Turner has been conducting animal and disease ecology research in southern Africa for 18 years, the latter half of which has focused on discovering host, pathogen, and environmental contributions to anthrax transmission in unmanaged wildlife systems. New research initiated while at University at Albany includes avian malaria in Catharus thrushes, the fungal disease white-nose syndrome in northern long-eared bats funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and anthrax transmission and pathogen evolution funded by the National Science Foundation. Research in Dr. Turner’s lab is focused on ecological, behavioral and genetic factors that affect disease transmission and epidemiology, including host-parasite interactions, host susceptibility, and parasite variation and persistence in the off-host environment.