David Stallknecht

Department of Infectious Diseases, Department of Population Health, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
Adjunct Faculty, Director Of Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study


  • Wildlife Disease


Research Interests

Understanding the impacts of diseases on wildlife populations and the potential for these species to act as reservoirs or sentinels for livestock, poultry, and human diseases represent the central missions of our lab. Most of my current work is oriented towards the epidemiology of viral and vector-borne diseases, specifically:

  • bluetongue and the epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses in white tailed deer;
  • avian influenza viruses in free-living duck and shorebird populations;
  • vesicular stomatitis virus vector and contact transmission;
  • West Nile virus in peridomestic avian species;
  • and Ehrlichia chaffeensis in white-tailed deer.

Specific research objectives are variable reflecting the multi disciplinary mix of our immediate group and an abundance of intra- and extramural collaborative opportunities, and range from improving basic and molecular diagnostic tests, understanding pathogenesis, development of sentinel systems involving wildlife, understanding mechanisms involved in pathogen transmission and persistence, to molecular epidemiology. ​

Educational Background

  • BS (1973), The University of Georgia
  • MS (1977), The University of Georgia
  • PhD (1989), Louisiana State University

Teaching Experience

  • Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Wildlife Diseases

Selected Publications

​Publications by Dr. Stallknecht may be found on PubMed.