Jacqueline Buckley, M.S.

Conservation & Science
Urban Wildlife Institute
One Health Research Coordinator
  • B.S. – Biomedical Science, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. – Conservation Medicine, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Areas of Expertise

Animal behavior and welfare

Wildlife disease

Spatial analysis

Disease ecology

Conservation medicine

Zoological animal management

Anticoagulant rodenticide poisonings in wildlife


Jackie came to Lincoln Park Zoo from Defenders of Wildlife after six years as a zookeeper at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she worked with African wild dogs, spotted hyenas, and masai giraffes. Growing up, local green spaces and zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums were the only way to connect people to their native wildlife and understand wildlife conservation needs around the world.

She has worked in South Africa on wild and domestic animal health and in South America to aid in the plight of the cotton-top tamarins. These experiences served as a catalyst for her to pursue her master’s degree. At Tufts, her main projects focused on the anthropogenic introduction of anticoagulant rodenticides to non-target species, like fishers in the state of Vermont, and using GIS to track changes in red tide in the state of Florida from 2008–2018.

Jackie is excited to collaborate with the Urban Wildlife Institute, a scientific institution that complements her personal and professional goals. She believes it is crucial to inspire stakeholders and public officials to appreciate the importance of animals and our ecosystems as they relate to human health.


  • Murray, M.H., Buckley, J.Y., Byers, K.A., Fake, K., Lehrer, E.W., Magle, S.B., Stone, C., Tuten, H., and Schell, C.J., (2022). One Health for All: Advancing human and ecosystem health in cities by integrating an environmental justice lens. Annual Reviews in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 53:18.1–18.24.
  • Ives, A., Brenn-White, M., Buckley, J. Y., Kendall, C. J., Wilton, S., & Deem, S. L. (2022). A Global Review of Causes of Morbidity and Mortality in Free-Living Vultures. EcoHealth
  • Murray, M. H., Buckley, J., Lehrer, E. W., Kay, C., Fidino, M., Magle, S. B., and German, D. (2022). Public perception of urban wildlife during a covid-19 stay-at-home quarantine order in Chicago. Urban Ecosystems.
  • Magle, S. B., Kay, C., Fake, K., Fidino, M., Murray, M. H., Buckley, J., and Lehrer, E. W. (2021). Why do animals live in cities? Frontiers for Young Minds, 9:566272.
  • Murray, M.H., Byers, K.A., Buckley, J., Magle, S.B., Maffei, D., Waite, P., German, D., (2021). “I don’t feel safe sitting in my own yard”: Chicago resident experiences with urban rats during a COVID-19 stay-at-home order. BMC public health, 21(1), pp.1-14.
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