Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Evan Sorley

  EcoHealth Coordinator
Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology


  • B.S. – Animal Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Areas of Expertise

  • Disease surveillance
  • Data management
  • Endocrinology
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)

About Evan Sorley:

Evan joined the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology in April 2010. He acts as central coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Avian Influenza Surveillance System and also manages and analyzes data on the AZA’s past West Nile virus surveillance program. Evan has also been part of the development of an online training program on foreign animal diseases.

In addition to epidemiological work, Evan is involved in the endocrinology side of the Davee Center. He assists in laboratory work, which includes processing samples and running hormonal assays.

Prior to working at Lincoln Park Zoo, Evan worked at the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center in the diagnostic virology department, where he primarily focused on the diagnosis and identification of avian influenza. In 2008, he completed an internship at the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya, where he worked to introduce humane methods of mitigating human-elephant conflicts.


Hunt, V., Magle, S., Vargas, C., Brown, A., Lonsdorf, E., Sacerdote, A., Sorley, E., Santymire, R. 2014. Survival, abundance, and capture rate of eastern cottontail rabbits in an urban park. Urban Ecosystems 17(2): 547-560.