Sonja Christensen

Sonja Christensen

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Telephone: 517-432-0804

11A, Natural Resource Bldg


-Ph.D., Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Specialization in Disease Ecology; May 2018. Michigan State University. Co-Advisors: Dr. William Porter and Dr. David Williams. GPA: 4.0/4.0
Dissertation: Population Impacts and Disease Patterns of Hemorrhagic Disease in White-Tailed Deer: Understanding the Role of an Emergent Disease. 2018. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
-M.Sc., Wildlife and Fisheries Science; May 2010. The Pennsylvania State University. Advisor: Dr. Duane Diefenbach
Thesis: Movement and habitat use of sika and white-tailed deer on Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. 2010. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
-B.Sc., Major: Biology, Ecology emphasis; Minor: Geography; December 2005. Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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My current research focuses on understanding why diseases occur in a given place and time, how those diseases affect wildlife populations, and what disease surveillance and management strategies are most effective. The major themes of my work are 1) empirical and spatial analysis of ecological and climatic drivers of wildlife populations and disease processes, 2) methodological advancements in wildlife population estimation and disease surveillance, 3) quantifying disease risk and linkages with climate change and 4) evaluation of wildlife disease control efforts.

Affiliated Pages:

Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center