Henry Adams, M.S.

Conservation & Science
Urban Wildlife Institute
Wildlife Management Coordinator
  • B.S. – Ecology, University of Georgia
  • M.S. – Wildlife Ecology, University of Georgia

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife disease ecology
  • Amphibian diseases and conservation
  • Wading bird ecology and conservation
  • Science communication and education
  • Scientific illustration


Henry (he/they) is a wildlife ecologist, educator, and illustrator originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Under the tutelage of Sonia Hernandez, Ph.D, at the University of Georgia, Henry cemented a fascination with and appreciation for wildlife disease ecology and the intersections of wildlife, ecosystems, and human health, also known as the One Health concept.

In their career, Henry has investigated the health impacts of urbanization on white ibis (Eudocimus albus) in South Florida and studied amphibian pathogens in Costa Rican salamanders. Additionally, they have cultivated a passion for conservation education and art. As a lifelong and self-taught illustrator, Henry has frequently incorporated art into their education work, believing that both the creation and appreciation of nature-inspired artwork brings an audience emotionally closer to conservation issues.

Henry now serves as the Wildlife Management Coordinator at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute. He is particularly excited to create impactful educational opportunities for learners across the city and to further conservation efforts for the black-crowned night herons (endangered in Illinois) that nest at the zoo. His work is inspired by a drive to better understand how wildlife utilizes the Chicagoland urban landscape. He also hopes to contribute to equitable, community-driven wildlife conservation, so as to better serve historically excluded communities and the greater Chicago ecosystem.


  • Fidino, M., Lehrer, E. W., Kay, C. A. M., Yarmey, N., Murray, M. H., Fake, K., Adams, H. C., and Magle, S. B. (2022). Integrated species distribution models reveal spatiotemporal patterns of human-wildlife conflict. Ecological Applications.
  • Murray, M.H., Hernandez, S.M., Rozier, R.S., Kidd, A.D., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., Curry, S.E., Yabsley, M.J., Adams, H., Ellison, T., Welch, C.N., Lipp, E.K., 2021. Site fidelity is associated with food provisioning and Salmonella in an urban wading bird. Ecohealth, pp.1-14.
  • Kidd-Weaver, A., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., Welch, C.N., Murray, M.H., Adams, H.C., Ellison, T.J., Yabsley, M.J. and Hernandez, S.M. (2020). The movements of a recently urbanized wading bird reveal changes in season timing and length related to resource use. PloS one, 15(3), e0230158.
  • Cummings, C.R., Hernandez, S.M., Murray, M., Ellison, T., Adams, H.C., Cooper, R.E., Curry, S., & Navara, K.J. (2020). Effects of an anthropogenic diet on indicators of physiological challenge and immunity of white ibis nestlings raised in captivity. Ecology and Evolution, 10(15), 8416-8428.
  • Bahnson, C.S., Hernandez, S.M., Poulson, R.L., Cooper, R.E., Curry, S.E., Ellison, T.J., Adams, H.C., Welch, C.N., & Stallknecht, D.E., 2020. Experimental infections and serology indicate that American White Ibis (Eudociumus albus) are competent reservoirs for Type A Influenza virus, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 56(3), 530-537.
  • Adams, H.C., Murray, M.H., Welch, C., Kidd-Weaver, A., Ellison, T., Curry, S., Hepinstall, J., & Hernandez, S.M. (2019). Capturing American White Ibises in urban South Florida using two novel techniques. Journal of Field Ornithology, 90(4).
  • Murray, M.H., Lankau, E.W., Kidd, A.D., Welch, C.N., Ellison, T., Adams, H.C., Lipp, E.K., & Hernandez, S.M. (2019). Gut microbiome shifts with urbanization and potentially facilitates a zoonotic pathogen in a wading bird. BioRxiv, 718213.
  • Murray, M., Hernandez, S.M., Rozier, R.S., Kidd, A.D., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., Curry, S.E., Yabsley, M.J., Adams, H., Ellison, T., Welch, C.N., & Lipp, E.K. (2018). Site fidelity is associated with food provisioning and Salmonella in an urban wading bird. EcoHealth, 18(3).
  • Becker, D.J., Teitelbaum, C.S., Murray, M.H., Curry, S.E., Welch, C.N., Ellison, T., Adams, H.C., Rozier, R.S., Lipp, E.K., Hernandez, S.M. and Altizer, S. (2018). Assessing the contributions of intraspecific and environmental sources of infection in urban wildlife: Salmonella enterica and white ibis as a case study. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 15(149), 20180654.
  • Murray, M.H., Kidd, A.D., Curry, S.E., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., Yabsley, M.J., Adams, H.C., Ellison, T., Welch, C.N., & Hernandez, S.M. (2018). From wetland specialist to hand-fed generalist: shifts in diet and condition in a recently urbanized wading bird. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Resource Provisioning and Infectious Disease), 373(1745).
  • Yabsley, M.J., Bailey, K., & Adams, H.C. (2015). A new species of Eimeria (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura (Columbiformes: Columbidae). Comparative Parasitology, 82(2), 231-234.
  • Keeler, S.P., Yabsley, M.J., Adams, H.C., & Hernandez, S.M. (2014). A novel Isospora species (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from warblers (Passeriformes: Parulidae) of Costa Rica. The Journal of Parasitology, 100(3), 302-304.
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