Welcome to the Avian Health & Disease Ecology Lab!

Our research program investigates the role of wild birds in the maintenance, transmission, and spread of pathogens, particularly zoonotic pathogens. Some of the pathogens we work with are: West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis virus, avian influenza virus, avian paramyxovirus -1, Plasmodium relictum (protozoan causing avian malaria), and Anaplasma phagocytophilum (tick-borne bacteria). In addition, we aim to understand how energetic demands and stress during the migratory period influence a bird's immune system. For more information please check our Research and People pages.

Are you an undergraduate or prospective graduate student interested in joining our research group? Please check for openings on the Positions page.

Interested in wildlife disease ecology? Check out our Graduation Specialization or Undergraduate Concentration in Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Conservation Medicine.

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Dr. Jen Owen | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife | Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources | East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1222 | (517) 432-4264 | owenj@msu.edu