Edward Wilkerson


Conservation & Science


Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology


Adjunct Scientist


B.A. – University of Chicago

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Areas of Expertise

  • Software development
  • Database design
  • Website development
  • Requirements development


Edward Wilkerson Jr. entered the software industry as a programmer for CNA Insurance, where he developed an accounting system for personal-property insurance policies. He subsequently worked at Time Life as a software applications programmer.

Much of his current software expertise was gained as a software developer for Applied Systems, a major vendor of software for the insurance industry, where he managed the development of the software needs for five insurance companies.

In 2007, Edward began his career as informatics analyst for conservation and science programs at Lincoln Park Zoo. His main focus is developing the database, software, and web interface for the USDA/AZA Avian Influenza Surveillance System. This system is used to enter data from the sampling and testing of birds in zoos across the country, aiding officials in monitoring for the presence of avian influenza.

Edward has developed an interest in the interrelation of animals and diseases. Much of his recent work has centered on managing demographic, health, and metric data about animals. Systems he has worked on include ethograms for Gombe Mother-Infant Research, deer carcass data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, and a database to house animal endocrine methodologies and protocols for hormonal analysis.