Welcome to the lab of Michael Yabsley, MS, PhD, FRES at UGA
I am an Associate Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology. I have a split appointment between the wildlife ecology and management program within the Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) in the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
We are an interdisciplinary group that investigates wildlife health issues using laboratory and field-based studies.
Some coverage of our Dracunculus work that we have been doing in collaboration with the CDC and The Carter Center: article in the True Citizen newspaper.
Several publications have come out recently (links to full free online text provided when available):
Martinsen Ellen S., Nancy Mcinerney, Heidi Brightman, Ken Ferebee, Tim Walsh, William J. Mcshea, Tavis D. Forrester, Lisa Ware, Priscilla H. Joyner, Susan L. Perkins, Emily K. Latch, Michael J. Yabsley, Joseph J. Schall, Robert C. Fleischer. 2016. Hidden in plain sight: Cryptic and endemic malaria parasites in North American white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Science Advances 05 Feb 2016: Vol. 2, no. 2, e1501486. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501486
Loftis AD, Kelly PJ, Paddock CD, Blount K, Johnson JW, Gleim ER, Yabsley MJ, Levin ML, Beati L. Panola Mountain Ehrlichia in Amblyomma maculatum From the United States and Amblyomma variegatum (Acari: Ixodidae) From the Caribbean and Africa. J Med Entomol. 2016 Jan 7. pii: tjv240. [Epub ahead of print]
Chambouvet A, Gower DJ, Jirků M, Yabsley MJ, Davis AK, Leonard G, Maguire F, Doherty-Bone TM, Bittencourt-Silva GB, Wilkinson M, Richards TA. Cryptic infection of a broad taxonomic and geographic diversity of tadpoles by Perkinsea protists. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Aug 25;112(34):E4743-51. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1500163112. Epub 2015 Aug 10.
Rushmore J, Allison AB, Edwards EE, Bagal U, Altizer S, Cranfield MR, Glenn TC, Liu H, Mudakikwa A, Mugisha L, Muller MN, Stumpf RM, Thompson ME, Wrangham R, Yabsley MJ. Screening wild and semi-free ranging great apes for putative sexually transmitted diseases: Evidence of Trichomonadidae infections. Am J Primatol. 2015 Oct;77(10):1075-85. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22442. Epub 2015 Jun 26.
Yabsley MJ, Ellis AE, Cleveland CA, Ruckdeschel C. High Prevalence of Porocephalus crotali Infection on a Barrier Island (Cumberland Island) off the Coast of Georgia, with Identification of Novel Intermediate Hosts. J Parasitol. 2015 Oct;101(5):603-7. doi: 10.1645/14-699.1. Epub 2015 Jun 4. PubMed PMID: 26042344.