Carmel Witte

Blogger Profile: Carmel Witte

Carmel Witte is a researcher in the Wildlife Disease Laboratories division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She joined the Institute in 2004 and specializes in analytical epidemiology. Her research involves studying infectious diseases within zoo and free-ranging animal populations to determine how disease transmission is impacted by relationships between the animal host and its environment. She also provides support for interdisciplinary animal health investigations in the Wildlife Disease Laboratories. Carmel graduated with a B.S. in ecology, ethology and evolution from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and received her M.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
The Social Network…of Birds

The Social Network…of Birds

Traditionally, disease acquisition has been attributed entirely to contact with other infected birds; however, recent studies we’ve conducted show that the environment may also be playing an important role in the spread of this disease. So, which is more important, the social network or the environment?   read more

Cutting-edge Science in Historical Surroundings

Cutting-edge Science in Historical Surroundings

I was there on official San Diego Zoo Global business to join some of the world’s best minds for a short, intensive workshop on molecular epidemiology and attend an influential conference that is held only once every three years…   read more

Investigating Primate Malaria in the Amazon

Investigating Primate Malaria in the Amazon

When I first met Marina Bueno, I was instantly drawn to her excitement and passion for research in conservation medicine, a field that blends aspects of wildlife conservation, wildlife health, and human health.   read more

Epidemi-what?

Epidemi-what?

Whenever I am asked “What do you do for a profession?,” I am often confronted with a familiar, perplexing look followed by a request for clarification: “Epidemi-what?” Epidemiologist.   read more