Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Mary Beth Manjerovic, Ph.D.

  Wildlife Disease Ecologist
Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology and Urban Wildlife Institute

Education


  • Ph.D. – Conservation Biology, University of Central Florida
  • M.S. – Wildlife and Fisheries Resource Management, West Virginia University
  • B.S. – Zoology, University of Maine

Areas of Expertise


  • Disease Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Urban Wildlife Management
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Population Genetics

About Mary Beth Manjerovic

Like many people in the field of wildlife research, Mary Beth developed a love of animals at a very young age. As a teenager, she discovered her passion for animal behavior while volunteering at a private zoo that focused on using animals neglected by the pet trade to educate the public about animal ecology, care and conservation.

While working on her master’s research on paternity and population dynamics of the Allegheny woodrat, Mary Beth realized the value in combining both laboratory and field data. Mary Beth continued merging field and lab data while working on her doctorate at the University of Central Florida. Conducting her field work in Africa, she focused on paternity, mating tactics and reproductive impacts on immunity in male Cape ground squirrels. Because of her time in Africa, Mary Beth wanted to apply her research to real-world problems in conservation and management and she accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. There she assessed how disease management affects chronic wasting disease prevalence in an effort to support and improve disease management in one of North America’s most popular game species, the white-tailed deer.

Mary Beth began working as the Wildlife Disease Ecologist for Lincoln Park Zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology and the Urban Wildlife Institute in 2013. She is excited about the possibilities this position entails because of the collaborative nature necessary for disease research. Disease affects all aspects of animal health and ecology, and it takes an integrated research approach to get a full sense of how infectious diseases affect wildlife populations across urban and rural environments. It is a perfect fit for combining wildlife management and conservation biology to address real-world problems in disease ecology.