Davee Center

Studying the Fundamentals of Animal Health

Funded by a generous gift from the Davee Foundation, the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology studies the spread of disease and stress and reproductive hormone levels in zoo and wild populations, gathering valuable information to improve animal care and conservation.

Related Projects

The African wild dogs at Regenstein African Journey are among the species whose stress levels are monitored to improve conservation and care.

Measuring Stress in Wild Species
By using non-invasive methods to monitor stress hormones, zoo scientists can improve animal conservation and care both at the zoo and around the globe.


Succesful Sichuan takin breeding at Lincoln Park Zoo was boosted by surveys of the species' reproductive hormones.

Timing Animal Reproductive Cycles
By measuring testosterone, estrogen and progesterone over time—the same hormones that guide reproduction in humans—endocrinologists can gain insight into animal reproductive cycles.


Lincoln Park Zoo is working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and Zoo Atlanta to conserve Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas

Environmental Stress in Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas
Zoo scientists work with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and Zoo Atlanta to conserve Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas by studying ties between gorilla stress levels and environmental and tourist pressures


Conserving the Black-Footed Ferret
Thought to be extinct, the black-footed ferret was rediscovered 30 years ago, starting a recovery program that's reintroduced 2,000 individuals back to the wild. Now a special partnership between Lincoln Park Zoo and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation is advancing efforts to bring the species back from the brink.


 

The Impact of Vaccinations on Domestic Dogs
Vaccinating domestic dogs in villages surrounding Serengeti National Park protects people, pets and predators from disease. Zoo scientists are now studying how vaccination affects domestic-dog populations—key information for planning future campaigns.


Black Rhinoceros Conservation in Addo Elephant National Park
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists use “camera traps” and fecal samples to assist the recovery of endangered black rhinos in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park.

The Zoo Animal Health Network stands watch for avian influenza and other infectious diseases.

Zoo Animal Health Network
This collaborative effort with the AZA and USDA APHIS helps ensure zoological institutions are prepared for zoonotic diseases—and other emergencies.


Staff

Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., is director of Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.
Director

Michael Landeche is the Endocrinology Laboratory Associate in Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Michael Landeche
Endocrinology Lab Associate

Edward Wilkerson is an informatics analyst in Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.

Edward Wilkerson
Informatics Analyst

Evan Sorley is EcoHealth Coordinator at Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endrocrinology

Evan Sorley
EcoHealth Coordinator

Matthew Heintz, Ph.D., is Lincoln Park Zoo's welfare monitoring post-doctoral fellow.

Matthew Heintz, Ph.D.
Welfare Monitoring Postdoctoral Fellow

Christopher Schell is a research associate at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Christopher Schell
Research Associate

Mary Beth Manjerovic, Lincoln Park Zoo

Mary Beth Manjerovic, Ph.D.
Wildlife Disease Ecologist

Patrick Wolff, M.S. is a research technician in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute and Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Patrick Wolff
Research Technician

Stacy Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

 

 

Adjunct Scientists

Yvonne Nadler is an adjunct scientist at Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Yvonne Nadler, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Adjunct Scientist

Michelle Rafacz, Ph.D., is an adjunct scientist with Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Michelle Rafacz, Ph.D.
Adjunct Scientist
Assistant Professor of Biology, Columbia College

Julia Chosy, Ph.D., is an adjunct scientist in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.

Julia Chosy, Ph.D.
Adjunct Scientist

Carson Murray, Ph.D.
Adjunct Scientist
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The George Washington University

Jennifer Howell-Stephens, Ph.D.
Adjunct Scientist

 

 


Multimedia

Davee Center scientists travel to Vienna to meet with wildlife endocrinologists from around the globe  

International Exchange
Davee Center scientists travel to Vienna, the latest step in a three-year plan to share data with wildlife endocrinologists around the globe.