Margaret A. Wild
Office Phone: 509-335-6323
My work focuses on promoting and protecting the health of wildlife, primarily through the study of emerging infectious diseases. By improving our understanding and management of diseases in wildlife, we can enhance the health of all species, including humans, and help ensure healthy functioning ecosystems for the future.
I am currently applying knowledge gained studying chronic wasting disease (an emerging transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cervids) in elk over the past 3 decades to a new challenge, elk hoof disease. We are using a multi-disciplinary approach to address a range of questions related to the etiology and epidemiology of elk hoof disease, as well as develop approaches to implement and evaluate management actions and understand and effectively address public concerns about the disease.
Most of my career has been spent working for state and federal wildlife management agencies. I am keenly interested in engaging students in collaborations between academia and wildlife agencies to address the most pressing issues managers face addressing diseases in wildlife.
PhD, Zoology, Colorado State University (2002)
DVM, Colorado State University (1990)
BS, Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University (1984)
- Monello RJ, Galloway NL, Powers JG, Madsen-Bouterse SA, Edwards WH, Wood ME, O'Rourke KI, Wild MA. (2017) Pathogen-mediated selection in free-ranging elk populations infected by chronic wasting disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 114(46):12208-12212. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1707807114. Epub 2017 Oct 30. PMID: 29087314 PMCID: PMC5699046
- Buttke, D.E., D.J. Decker, and M.A. Wild. (2015) The role of One Health in wildlife conservation: a challenge and opportunity. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51: 1-8. PMID: PMCID: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.7589/2014-01-004
- Monello, R. J., J. G. Powers, N. T. Hobbs, T. R. Spraker, M. K. Watry, and M. A. Wild (2014) Survival and population growth of a free-ranging elk population with a long history of exposure to chronic wasting disease. Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 214-223. PMID: PMCID: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.7589/2011-12-362
- Wild, M. A., N. T. Hobbs, M. S. Graham, and M. W. Miller (2011) The role of predation in disease control: A comparison of selective and nonselective removal on prion disease dynamics in deer. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 47: 78-93 PMID: PMCID: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.7589/0090-3558-47.1.78
- Decker, D. J., M. A. Wild, S. J. Riley, W. F. Siemer, M. W. Miller, K. M. Leong, J. G. Powers, and J. C. Rhyan (2006) Wildlife disease management: a manager’s model. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 11: 151-158 PMID: PMCID: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233290770_Wildlife_Disease_Management_A_Manager's_Model
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- WSU College of Veterinary Medicine hires elk hoof disease research leader
- Scientist chosen to lead studies of elk hoof disease