Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Wildlife Staff Member


Dr. Wendy Turner

Wendy Turner headshot

Unit Leader
Email: wturner@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: wendy.turner@wisc.edu

Biography

Dr. Turner received graduate degrees from University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and University of California, Berkeley. She was an NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Albany, State University of New York before joining the Wisconsin Unit in 2020. Dr. Turner specializes in wildlife disease ecology, currently studying disease transmission dynamics for chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in the Midwest, anthrax in mammalian herbivores in Namibia and South Africa, and white-nose syndrome in coastal Northern long-eared bats in the northeastern United States. Dr. Turner’s research aims to fill critical gaps in our knowledge of disease transmission and variation in disease outbreaks over space and time. She takes a broad approach to investigating disease systems from the three sides of the “disease triangle” incorporating how variation in hosts, pathogens and the environment modulate host-pathogen contact, disease transmission, and ultimately disease outbreaks in host populations or communities. Dr. Turner focuses on disease systems with environmental transmission, specifically pathogens that can survive for extensive periods in the off-host environment. Dr. Turner has taught courses on ecology, the ecology and evolution of wildlife diseases, graduate research approaches, and Namibian conservation.

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral Ecology, Disease/Parasites, Epidemiology, Movement Ecology

Taxon Groups Studied

Bats, Ungulates

Research Publications Publication Date
Turner, W.C., S. Périquet, C.E. Goelst, K. Vera, E.Z. Cameron, K.A. Alexander, J.L. Belant, C.C. Cloete, P. du Preez, W.M. Getz, R.S. Hetem, P.L. Kamath, M. Kasaona, M. Mackenzie, J. Mendelsohn, J.K.E. Mfune, J.R. Muntifering, R. Portas, H.A. Scott, W. M. Strauss, W. Versfeld, B. Wachter, G. Wittemyer, and J.W. Kilian. 2022. Africa’s drylands in a changing world: Challenges for wildlife conservation under climate and land-use changes in the Greater Etosha Landscape. Global Ecology and Conservation, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2022.e02221. | Abstract | Publisher Website July 2022
Turner, W.C., P.L. Kamath, H. van Heerden, Z. Barandongo, Y.-H. Huang, S.A. Bruce and K. Kausrud. 2021. The roles of environmental variation and parasite survival in virulence-transmission relationships. Royal Society Open Science, 8: 210088. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.210088 | Abstract | Publisher Website June 2021
Stears, K., M.H. Schmitt, W.C. Turner, D.J. McCauley, E.A. Muse, H. Kiwango, D. Matheyo and B.M. Mutayoba. Hippopotamus movements structure the spatiotemporal dynamics of an active anthrax outbreak, Ecosphere, 12(6):e03540. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3540 | Abstract | Publisher Website June 2021
Starkloff, N. C., W. C. Turner, A. M. FitzGerald, M. C. Oftedal, E. S. Martinsen, and J. J. Kirchman. 2021. Disentangling the effects of host relatedness and elevation on haemosporidian parasite turnover in a clade of songbirds. Ecosphere. 12(5):e03497 | Abstract | Publisher Website May 2021
Ochai, S.O., J. Crafford, A. Hassim, C. Byaruhanga, Y.-H. Huang, A. Hartmann, E.H. Dekker, O.L. van Schalkwyk, P.L. Kamath, W.C. Turner, and H. van Heerden. 2022. Immunological evidence of variation in exposure and immune response to Bacillus anthracis in herbivores of Kruger and Etosha National Parks. Frontiers in Immunology, 13:814031. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2022.814031 | Abstract | Publisher Website February 2022
Huang, Y.-H., K. Kausrud, A. Hassim, S.O. Ochai, O.L. van Schalkwyk, E.H. Dekker, A. Buyantuyev, C.C. Cloete, J.W. Kilian, P.L. Kamath, H. van Heerden, and W.C. Turner. 2022. Environmental drivers of biseasonal anthrax outbreak dynamics in two multi-host savanna ecosystems. Ecological Monographs. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1526 | Abstract | Publisher Website April 2022
Huang, Y.-H., H. Joel, M. Küsters, Z. Barandongo, C.C. Cloete, W.M. Getz, A. Hartmann, P.L. Kamath, J.W. Kilian, J.K.E. Mfune, G. Shatumbu, R. Zidon, and W.C. Turner. 2021. Disease or drought: environmental fluctuations release zebra from a potential pathogen-triggered ecological trap. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B. Biological Sciences, 288: 20210582. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.0582 | Abstract | Publisher Website June 2021
Gomez, L.M., V.A. Meszaro, W.C. Turner and C.B. Ogbunugafor. 2020. The epidemiological signature of pathogen populations that vary in the relationship between free-living survival and virulence. Viruses, 12(9):1055. https://doi.org/10.3390/v12091055 | Abstract | Publisher Website September 2020
Gilbertson, M.L.J., A. Ketz, M. Hunsaker, D. Jarosinski, W. Ellarson, D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner. 2022. Agricultural land use shapes dispersal in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Movement Ecology, 10:43. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40462-022-00342-5 | Abstract October 2022
Dougherty, E.R., D.P. Seidel, J.K. Blackburn, W.C. Turner, W.M Getz. 2022. A framework for integrating inferred movement behavior into disease risk models. Movement Ecology, 10, 31. | Abstract | Publisher Website July 2022
Bruce, S.A., Y-H. Huang, P.L. Kamath, H. van Heerden and W.C. Turner. 2021. The roles of antimicrobial resistance, phage diversity, isolation source and selection in shaping the genomic architecture of Bacillus anthracis, Microbial Genomics, 7:000616. DOI: 10.1099/mgen.0.000616 | Abstract | Publisher Website August 2021
Brandell, E.E., D.J. Storm, T.R. Van Deelen, D.P. Walsh, W.C. Turner. A call to action: standardizing white-tailed deer harvest data in the Midwestern United States and implications for quantitative analysis and disease management, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10:943411. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2022.943411 | Abstract October 2022
Barandongo, Zoe
PhD
barandongo@wisc.edu

Dolfi, Amelie
PhD
dolfi@wisc.edu

Gilbertson, Marie
Post Doc
mgilbertson5@wisc.edu

Hunsaker, Matthew
Master's
mahunsaker@wisc.edu

Inzalaco, Heather
PhD
inzalaco@wisc.edu

Katircioglu, Stephanie
Master's
katircioglu@wisc.edu

Vera, Kimberlie
PhD
kvera@wisc.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
W.C. Turner & J.W. Kilian. Challenges for wildlife conservation under climate and land-use changes in the Greater Etosha Landscape, Namibia. Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society Winter Meeting March, 2022 (online). March 2022
Turner, W.C. and Y.-H. Huang. 2022. Environmental variation and host behaviors alter spatiotemporal patterns of anthrax outbreaks contrasting two African savannas. 10th International Conference on <i>Bacillus </i><i>anthracis</i>, <i>B. cereus</i> and <i>B. </i><i>thuringiensis</i> in Paris, France, April 24-28, 2022.<br><br><br><br><br><br> April 2022
Prentice, M.B., M.L.J. Gilbertson, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner, D.P. Walsh, M.E. Pinkerton, P.L. Kamath. Metagenomic sequencing to identify the etiologic agent responsible for pneumonia-related mortality in Wisconsin white-tailed deer. 70<sup>th</sup> Annual International Conference, Wildlife Disease Association, Madison, Wisconsin, 23-29 July 2022. July 2022
Ochai, S.O., Turner, W.C., and van Heerden, H. 2021. Immunological evidence of host variation in exposure and resistance to anthrax in Kruger and Etosha National Parks. 9th International Conference on <i>Bacillus anthracis</i>, <i>B. cereus</i> and <i>B. thuringiensis</i>, Paris, France, April 26-28, 2021 (virtual). April 2021
Ochai, S.O., J. Crafford, A. Hassim, C. Byaruhanga, Y.-H. Huang, A. Hartmann, E.H. Dekker, O.L. van Schalkwyk, P.L. Kamath, W.C. Turner, and H. van Heerden. 2022. Immunological evidence of variation in exposure and immune response to <i>Bacillus anthracis</i> in herbivores of Kruger and Etosha National Parks. 19<sup>th</sup> Annual Congress, Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, East London, South Africa, 24-26 August 2022. August 2022
Kausrud, K., W. Turner, R. Easterday, M. Feiring, T. Skjerdal, J. Whittington, Y. Kausrud, B. Ogbunu, M. Norström, H. Schønhaug, N.C. Stenseth. Evolving at the speed of risk. One Health EJP Annual Scientific Meeting 2021, June, Copenhagen June 2021
Kausrud, K., K. Lagesen, J.D. Whittington, W.R. Easterday, C. Wolff, W. Turner, M. Feiring, N.C. Stenseth. How much time have we got? One Health EJP Annual Scientific Meeting Satellite Workshop 2021 Software Fair, 9-11 June 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2021
Inzalaco, H.N., S.S. Lichtenberg, F. Bravo Risi, R. Morales, D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner, J.A. Pedersen. Black-legged ticks (<i>Ixodes scapularis</i>) harbor and excrete chronic wasting disease prions from infected blood meals. 70<sup>th</sup> Annual International Conference, Wildlife Disease Association, Madison, Wisconsin, 23-29 July 2022. July 2022
Inzalaco, H.N., S.S. Lichtenberg, F. Bravo Risi, R. Morales, D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner, J.A. Pedersen. Black-legged ticks (<i>Ixodes scapularis</i>) harbor and excrete chronic wasting disease prions from infected blood meals. 29<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference, The Wildlife Society, Spokane, Washington, 6-10 November 2022. November 2022
Huang, Y.-H., H. Joel, M. Küsters, Z.R. Barandongo, C.C. Cloete, A. Hartmann, P.L. Kamath, J.W. Kilian, J.K.E. Mfune, G. Shatumbu, R. Zidon, W.M. Getz and W.C. Turner. Disease or drought: environmental fluctuations release zebra from a potential pathogen-triggered ecological trap, <i>Research Frontiers in Animal Behavior and Parasitism, A Virtual Symposium at the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, May 20-21, 2021, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.</i> May 2021
Huang, Y.-H., H. Joel, M. Küsters, Z.R. Barandongo, C.C. Cloete, A. Hartmann, P.L. Kamath, J.W. Kilian, J.K.E. Mfune, G. Shatumbu, R. Zidon, W.M. Getz and W.C. Turner. Disease or drought: environmental fluctuations release zebra from a potential pathogen-triggered ecological trap, 18th Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (online) meeting, 14-17 June, Montpellier, France June 2021
Gilbertson, M.L.J., E.E. Brandell, M.E. Pinkerton, N.M. Meaux, M. Hunsaker, D. Jarosinski, W. Ellarson, D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner. Cause of death, pathology, and chronic wasting disease status of white-tailed deer mortalities in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society Winter Meeting March, 2022 (online). March 2022
Gilbertson, M.L.J., E.E. Brandell, M.E. Pinkerton, N.M. Meaux, M. Hunsaker, D. Jarosinski, W. Ellarson, D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner. Cause of death, pathology, and chronic wasting disease status of white-tailed deer mortalities in Wisconsin. 70<sup>th</sup> Annual International Conference, Wildlife Disease Association, Madison, Wisconsin, 23-29 July 2022. July 2022
Gilbertson, M.L.J., A. Ketz, M. Hunsaker, D. Jarosinski, W. Ellarson, D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner. Land use shapes dispersal in white-tailed deer (<i>Odocoileus virginianus</i>). 29<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference, The Wildlife Society, Spokane, Washington, 6-10 November 2022. November 2022
Brandell, E.E., D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, W.C. Turner. White-tailed deer management structures and the effects of management on harvest. Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society Winter Meeting March, 2022 (online).​​​​ March 2022
Barandongo, Z.R., Huang, Y.-H., Dolfi, A.C., Bruce, S.A. and Turner, W.C. 2021. Environmental and genetic factors affecting <i>Bacillus anthracis</i> spore concentrations at anthrax carcass sites. 9th International Conference on <i>Bacillus anthracis</i>, <i>B. cereus</i> and <i>B. thuringiensis</i>, Paris, France, April 26-28, 2021 (virtual).<br><b> </b> April 2021