Jamie S. Benn, PhD, AWB®

Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Research
Serving Since

Dr. Jamie Benn received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison then moved to Texas to complete her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Her dissertation research in the Cook Wildlife Lab initiated the development of an oral anthrax vaccine for wildlife which she continued evaluating in white-tailed deer for her postdoctoral research at TAMU. For her second postdoctoral appointment at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Jamie’s research focused on standardizing real-time quaking induced conversion assays for improved detection of chronic wasting disease in biological and environmental samples. She then continued down the environmental side of wildlife disease research for a third postdoctoral appointment at the University of Florida Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Research Laboratory where she used occupancy modeling to predict the risk of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and bluetongue virus transmission based on environmental characteristics and variations in biting midge abundance over time. Now as an Assistant Professor of Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Jamie’s research with the Patton Center for Deer Research and the Cherry Lab is evaluating ungulate ecology, land use and dispersal patterns for improved management of reintroduced ungulate populations.