Department of Population Health, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
Assistant Professor

Virology | Wildlife Diseases


Research Interests

I have a strong interest in viral pathogens and wildlife health as well as in the conservation of natural environments and habitats. My primary research focuses on the ecology, epidemiology, and evolution of viral diseases of wildlife, especially influenza viruses, paramyxoviruses, and orbiviruses. Some of my specific interests include the movement of viruses with their hosts during migration and understanding and unravelling the mechanisms involved in the persistence and transmission of these viruses. Current and past projects include work related to:

  • Persistence of avian influenza viruses in natural environments
  • Surveillance for influenza and paramyxoviruses in wild birds
  • Spring migration patterns of shorebirds
  • Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 in wild lagomorphs

Educational Background

  • BS (2001), Cornell University, Biology
  • PhD (2016), University of Georgia, Infectious Diseases

Selected Publications

Publications by Dr. Poulson may be found on PubMed.

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