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Jennifer H. Yu, D.V.M.

Smithsonian Research Fellow
B.S. and D.V.M., University of California at Davis; M.S., Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

As a Smithsonian research fellow, Dr. Jennifer Yu applies her veterinary background to infectious disease research and the conservation of endangered wildlife species around the world. Currently, she provides research support and assists with the management and implementation of various wildlife health and conservation projects, proving to be a valuable addition to the Global Health team.

Dr. Yu received her bachelor's degree and her D.V.M. from UC Davis in 2011 and 2016, respectively. During her education, she participated in raptor surveys, research in fish conservation and physiology, and wildlife rehabilitation. She also completed clinical externships with the National Wildlife Research Center, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She then pursued a master’s degree in conservation medicine at Tufts University, during which she worked at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center to evaluate noninvasive sampling methods to detect white-nose syndrome in North American bats.
Since joining the Global Health Program, Dr. Yu has worked on multiple projects, including pangolin health research in Vietnam, One Health community outreach in Kenya, and an antibiotic pharmacokinetic study in zoo-housed cheetahs. Next, she plans to assist with an investigation of oryx and livestock diseases in Chad, and to help expand pangolin research and conservation in southeast Asia. With a strong interest in population health and wildlife epidemiology, Dr. Yu aims to apply her veterinary knowledge and ecology background toward mitigating anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss and securing a future for all species.
Recent Publications: 

Decker Sparks, J. L., Massey Combs, K., and Yu, J.H. 2019. Social work students' perspectives on
environmental justice: Gaps and challenges for preparing students.
Journal of Community Practice 27, 476—486. https://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2019.1655124

Yu, J.H., Durrant, K.L., Liu, S., Carlin, E.P., Wang, C. Rodriguez, J., Bratthauer, A., Walsh, T., Valitutto, M.T., Fine, L., Murray, S., and Fleischer, R.C. 2019. First report of a novel Hepatozoon sp. in giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). EcoHealth 16, 338—345. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-019-01416-4

Krakauer, A.H., Blundell, M.A., Scanlan, T.N., Wechsler, M.S., McCloskey, E.A., Yu, J.H., and Patricelli, G.L. 2016. Successfully mating male sage-grouse show greater laterality in courtship and aggressive interactions. Animal Behaviour 111, 261—267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.10.031

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