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Dr. Sonia M. Hernandez

Professor, Wildlife Disease & Wildlife

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Campus address

Warnell 4-325


Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA - 2008
DVM, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA - 1996
Dip ACZM, Zoological Medicine - 2002 Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Sonora Veterinary Specialists - 1996-1997
Residency in Zoo/Wildlife Medicine, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca, NY - 1998-2001
BA in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, University of New Orleans, New Orleans - 1992

I am a Professor of Wildlife Disease, in a shared position between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Department of Population Health, at the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Research Areas Detail:

I am interested in all aspects of wildlife disease, particularly how pathogens affect wildlife populations, communities and ecosystems and primarily with an applied perspective. I have and will continue to conduct research that attempts to understand how anthropogenic changes to the landscape can affect disease dynamics. My research has and will encompass the intersection of human, animal and wildlife health. I aim to integrate ecological principle to inform the fields of conservation medicine and wildlife disease investigation.


Recent Citations:
  1. GSTFrancisco R, Hernandez SM, Mead DG, Adcock KG, Burke SC, Nemeth NM, Yabsley MJ. SARS-CoV-2 Susceptibility: Raccoons and Skunks Experimental susceptibility of North American raccoons (Procyon lotor) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) to SARS-CoV-2. bioRxiv (2021) doi:
  2. Hernandez SM, Maurer J, Yabsley MJ, Peters VE, Presotto A, Murray MH, Curry S, Sanchez S, Gerner-Smidt P, Hise K, Huang J, Johnson K, Kwan T, Lipp EK. Free-Living Aquatic Turtles as Sentinels of Salmonella spp. for Water Bodies. Front Vet Sci. 2021 Jul 22;8:674973. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2021.674973. eCollection 2021.
  3. Silva Seixas J, Hernandez SM, Kunkel MR, Weyna AAW, Yabsley MJ, Shender L, Nemeth NM. 2021. West Nile Virus Infections in an Urban Colony of American White Ibises (Eudocimus albus) in South Florida. J Wildl Dis. 2022 Jan 1;58(1):205-210. doi: 10.7589/JWD-D-21-00030.
  4. Hernandez SM, Curry SE, Murray MH, Hoopes LA, Nilsen R, Gregory C, Ritchie B, Adkins K, Cooper RE, Ellison TJ, Adams HC, Yabsley MJ, Howerth E, Gottdenker N. Mortality event in a wild-caught experimental colony of captive American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) associated with proventriculitis infection with a Macrorhabdus species. In review Journal of Wildlife Diseases, submitted March 2021.
  5. Murray MH, Hernandez SM, Rozier RS, Kidd AD, Hepinstall-Cymerman J, Curry SE, Yabsley MJ, Adams H, Ellison T, Welch CN, Lipp E. Site fidelity is associated with food provisioning and Salmonella in an urban wading bird. Ecohealth. 2021 Sep;18(3):345-358.doi: 10.1007/s10393-021-01543-x. Epub 2021 Aug 27.
  6. GSTTeitelbaum CS, Hepinstall-Cymerman J, Kidd-Weaver A, Hernandez SM, Altizer S, Hall RJ. 2020. Urban specialization reduces habitat connectivity by a highly mobile wading bird. Movement Ecology volume 8, Article number: 49
  7. VSTConrad J, J NormanVST, A Rodriguez, P Dennis, R Arguedas, C Jimenez, JG Hope, MJ Yabsley, and Hernandez SM. 2021. Demographic and pathogens of domestic, free-ranging pets and the implications for wild carnivores and human health in the San Luis region of Costa Rica. Veterinary Sciences. 8(4), 65;
  8. GSTCummings CR, Khan NY, Murray MM, Ellison T, Welch CN, Hernandez SM, Navara K. Foraging in Urban Environments Increases Bactericidal Capacity in Plasma and Decreases Corticosterone Concentrations in White Ibises. Front. Ecol. Evol., 14 December 2020 |
  9. Kariithi, HM, Ferreira, HL, GSTWelch, CN, Ateya, LO, Apopo, AA, Zoller, R, Volkening, JD, Williams-Coplin, D, Parris, DJ, Olivier, TL, Goldenberg, D, Binepal, YS, Hernandez, SM, Afonso, CL, Suarez, DL. 2021. Surveillance and genetic characterization of virulent Newcastle disease virus subgenotype V.3 in indigenous chickens from backyard poultry farms and live bird markets in Kenya. Viruses13(1):103. doi: 10.3390/v13010103.
  10. GSTAyala A, Yabsley MJ, Hernandez SM. 2020. A review of pathogen transmission at the backyard chicken-wild bird interface. Front. Vet. Sci., 24 2020;
  11. Jessup DA, Hernandez SM. 2020. Decline in North American wild bird populations. Letters to the Editor. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2020, Vol. 256, No. 7, Pp 761-765.
  12. Jessup DA, Hernandez SM. 2020. Further discussion on the Decline in North American wild bird populations. Letters to the Editor. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 257(2):144-145 (2 pages) 15 Jul 2020
  14. GSTAyala AHernandez SHaas LFink SYabsley M. 2020. Risky business in Georgia’s wild birds: Contact rates with backyard chickens may influence pathogen transmission in passerines. Submitted to Epidemiology and Infection  Jul 2020
  15. GSTCummings, C.R., Hernandez, S.M., Murray, M., Curry, S., Ellison, T., Cooper, R.E., Adams, H.C., Navara, K.J., Effects of an anthropogenic diet on indicators of physiological challenge and immunity of white ibis nestlings raised in captivity. Ecology and Evolution, 2020.
  16. GSTCummings CR, Curry SE, Khan NY, Murray MH, Ellison T, Welch C, Hernandez SM, and Navara KJ. 2020. Foraging in urban habitats and anthropogenic resource provisioning enhances innate immunity and depresses stress responsiveness in white ibises (Eudocimus albus). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Front. Ecol. Evol., 14 December 2020 |
  17. GSTCozad RB, Hernandez SM, Norton TM, Tuberville TD, Stacy NI, Stedman NL, Aresco MJ. 2020. Epidemiological investigation of a mortality event in a translocated gopher tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus) population in Northwest Florida. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, section Zoological Medicine, Front. Vet. Sci., 05 March 2020 |
  18. GSTCozad, RA, Norton TM, Aresco MJ, Allender MC and Hernandez SM. 2020. Pathogen Surveillance and Detection of Ranavirus (Frog virus 3) in Translocated Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases J. of Wildlife Diseases, 56(3):679-683
  19. GSTKidd-Weaver A, Hepinstall-Cymerman J, Welch CN, Murray MH, Adams HC, Ellison TJ, Yabsley MJ, Hernandez SM. 2020. The movements of a recently urbanized wading bird reveal changes in season timing and length related to resource use. PLoSOne. 15 (3), e0230158
  20. Murray, M.H., Lankau, E.W., Kidd, A.D., Welch, C.N., Ellison, T., Adams, H.C., Lipp, E.K. and Hernandez, S.M., Gut microbiome shifts with urbanization and potentially facilitates a zoonotic pathogen in a wading bird. PLoSOne 2020 5;15(3):e0220926. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220926.
  21. GSTBloodgood JCG, Hernandez SM, Isaih A, Suchodolski JS, Hoopes LA, Thompson PM, Waltzek TB, and Norton TM. 2020. The effect of diet on the gastrointestinal microbiome of juvenile rehabilitating green turtles (Chelonia mydas). PLOSOne .
  22. GSTBahnson, C., Hernandez, S., Poulson, R., Cooper, R., Curry, S., Ellison, T., Adams, H., Welch, C., & Stallknecht, D. 2020. Experimental Infections and Serology Indicate that the American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) are Competent Reservoirs for Type A Influenza Virus. J. of Wildlife Diseases, 56(3):530-537 (2020). doi: 10.7589/2019-05-136.
  23. GSTAdams, H., Murray, M.H., Welch, C., Kidd-Weaver, A., Ellison, T., Curry, S., Hepinstall‐Cymerman, J. and Hernandez, S.M. 2019. Capturing American White Ibises in urban South Florida using two novel techniques. Journal of Field Ornithology 90, 4: 373-381.
  24. GSTBloodgood, J., Norton, T., Hoopes, L., Stacy, N., & Hernandez, S. M. 2019. Comparison of Hematological, Plasma Biochemical, and Nutritional Analytes of Rehabilitating and Apparently Healthy Free-Ranging Atlantic Green Turtles. J. of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 50(1):69-81 .
  25. Apopo, A.A., Kariithi, H.M., Ateya, L.O., Binepal, Y.S., Sirya, J.H., Dulu, T.D., Welch, C.W., Hernandez, S.M., & Afonso, C.L. 2019. A retrospective study of Newcastle disease in Kenya. Accepted, Tropical Animal Health and Production.
  26. GSTAyala A,  Hernandez SM,  Olivier TL,  Welch CN,  Dimitrov KM,  Goraichuk IV,  Afonso CL, and  Miller PJ. 2019. Experimental Infection and Transmission of Newcastle Disease Vaccine Virus in Four Wild Passerines. Avian Diseases: September 2019, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 389-399.
  27. Garrett, K.B., Hernandez, S.M., Balsamo, G., Barron, H., Beasley, J.C., Brown, J.D., Cloherty, E., Farid, H., Gabriel, M., Groves, B., et al. 2019. Prevalence, distribution, and diversity of cryptic piroplasm infections in raccoons from selected areas of the United States and Canada. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 9: 224-233.
  28. Jessup, D.A., Cherkassky, D., Karesh, W.B., Deem, S.L., Work, T., Hernandez, S.M., Ziccardi, M., & Barbieri, M. 2018. Reducing numbers of free-roaming cats. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 253(8): 997-998.
  29. Becker, D., Teitelbaum, C., PSTMurray, M., PSTCurry, S.E., Welch, C.N., Ellison, T., Adams, H.C., Rozier, R.S., Lipp, E.K., Hernandez, S.M., Altizer, S., & Hall, R. 2018. Assessing the contributions of intraspecific and environmental sources of infection in urban wildlife: Salmonella enterica and white ibis as a case study. Accepted for publication Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 15(149):20180654
  30. GSTBloodgood J, T Norton, L Hoopes, N Stacy, and SM Hernandez. Comparison of Hematological, Plasma Biochemical, and Nutritional Analytes of Rehabilitating and Apparently Healthy Free-Ranging Atlantic Green Turtles. Accepted to J of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, July 2018
  31. Hernandez, SM., GSTLoyd, KAT, Newton, A., Carswell, BL., Abernathy, KJ. 2018. The use of point-of-view cameras (Kittycams) to quantify predation by colony cats on wildlife. J of Wildlife Research, 45(4): 357-365.
  32. GSTArguedas, R., Gomez, A., Barquero, M.D., Chacon, D., Corrales, G., Hernandez, S.M., Leon, G. 2018. Effect of exposition to chlorpyrifos upon plasmatic cholinesterases, hematology and blood biochemistry values in Bothrops asper. Chemosphere 205:209-214
  33. Yabsley, M., Vanstreels, R., Martinsen, E., Wickson, A., Holland, A., Hernandez, SM, Beasley, J. 2018. Parasitaemia data and molecular characterization of Haemoproteus catharti from New World vultures reveals a novel clade of Haemosporida. Malaria Journal, 17(1):12
  34. Altizer, S., Becker, D., Epstein, J., Forbes, K., Gillespie, T. R., Hall, R., D Hawley, SM Hernandez, L B. Martin, RK. Plowright, DA. Satterfield, Streiker, D. 2018. Food for contagion: synthesis and future directions for studying host-parasite responses to resource shifts in anthropogenic environments. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1745): 20170102
  35. Hernandez, SM., Loyd, K., Newton, A., Gatrell, C., Carswell, B., & Abernathy, K. 2018. Activity patterns and interspecific interactions of free-roaming, domestic cats in managed Trap-Neuter-Return colonies. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.01.014
  36. PSTMurray, M., GSTKidd, A., Curry, S., Cymerman, J., Yabsley, M. J., Adams, H., Ellison, T., Welch, CN., Hernandez, SM. 2017. 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): DOI:10.1098/rstb.2017.0100
  37. GSTCoker, S. M., Hernandez, SM., Kistler, WM., Curry, SE., Welch, C. N., Barron, HW., Yabsley, M. J. 2017. Diversity and prevalence of hemoparasites of wading birds in southern Florida, USA. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 6(3), 220-225.
  38. GSTOrtiz, S., Hernandez, SM., Yabsley, M., Becker, T., Carswell, B., Moore, Y., Fenton, H., Bahnson, C.H., Niedringhaus, K., Elsmo, E., Orciari, L., Yager, P., Stedman, N., Nelson, S., Norton, T. 2017. Introduction and Establishment of Raccoon Rabies on Islands: Jekyll Island, Georgia as a Case Study. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 329-334. doi: 10.7589/2016-12-286
  39. GSTLoyd, K. A. T., Hernandez, SM., & McRuer, D. L. 2017. The role of domestic cats in the admission of injured wildlife at rehabilitation and rescue centers. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 41, 55-61.
  40. Hernandez SM, Welch CN, Curry S, Peters V, Yabsley MJ, Kistler W, Lipp E, Conway A, Maurer J, and Sanchez S. 2016. Urban White ibis are reservoirs of Salmonella spp in South Florida. PLoS One 11(10): e0164402.
  41. Larson, LR., GSTConway, AL., Hernandez, SM., Carroll, JP. 2016. Human-wildlife Conflict, Conservation Attitudes, and a Potential Role for Citizen Science in Sierra Leone, Africa. Conservation and Society, 14(3), 205-217.
  42. GSTGonzalez-Astudillo, V., Hernandez, SM, Yabsley, M. J., Mead, D. G., Keel, M. K., Munk, B.,  Nemeth, N. 2016. Mortality of passerines and relatives submitted to a wildlife diagnostic laboratory (Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, USA): a 36-year retrospective analysis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 52(3), 441-458.
  43. Larson, L. R., Conway, A. L., Krafte, K. E., Hernandez, SM, & Carroll, J. P. 2016. Community-based conservation as a potential source of conflict around a protected area in Sierra Leone. Environmental Conservation, 43(3), 242-252.
  44. Hernandez, SM 2016. Expert Roundtable: Parrots: Appropriate Pets or Best Not Bred? Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 30(3), 286-297.
  45. PSTMurray, M. H., Becker, D. J., Hall, R. J., & Hernandez, S. M. 2016. Wildlife Health and Supplemental Feeding: A Review and Management Recommendations. Biological Conservation, 204, Part B, 163-174.
  46. GSTRobinson G, Mills G, Lindell A, Schweitzer SH, and Hernandez SM. 2015. Reply to the Comment on Exposure to mercury and Aroclor 1268 congeners in least terns in coastal Georgia, USA by P. Fuchsman, M. Henning and V. Magar, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts , Environ Sci Process Impacts;17(8):1424-32
  47. Maurer JJ, Martin G, Hernandez SM, Cheng Y, Gerner-Schmidt P, Hise KB, Cole D, Sanchez S, Madden M, Valeika S and Lipp E. 2015. Diversity and Persistence of Salmonella enterica Strains in Rural Landscapes in the Southeastern United States. PLoS One 10(7): e0128937.
  48. GSTConway, AL, deMaar, TW, Hernandez SM, and Carroll, JP. 2015. Evaluation of Radio Transmitter Attachments for the Pygmy Hippopotamus. African Journal of Ecology
  49. GSTRobinson G, Mills G, Lindell A, Schweitzer SH, and Hernandez SM. 2015. Exposure to mercury and Aroclor 1268 congeners in least terns (Sternula antillarum) in Georgia. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 17(8):1424-32
  50. GST Casey CL, SM Hernandez, MJ Yabsley, KF Smith, and S Sanchez. 2015. The carriage of antimicrobial resistance by the enteric bacteria from imported Tokay gecko destined for the pet trade. Sci Total Environ. 1;505:299-305.
  51. GSTKeeler SM, MJ Yabsley, SN McGraw, USTHC Adams, and SM Hernandez. 2014. A novel Isospora species from warblers of Costa Rica. Journal of Parasitology 100(3):302-304.
  52. GSTMercurio AD, SM Hernandez, JC Maerz, MJ Yabsley, USTAL Coleman, VSTLM Shellnutt, AE Ellis, JR Fischer, and SB Wilde. 2014. Experimental feeding of Hydrilla verticillata colonized with Stigonematales cyanobacteria induces vacular myelinoapthy in painted turtles. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93295.
  53. GSTMercurio AD, Hernandez SM, Maerz JC, Yabsley MJ, Ellis AE, Coleman AL, Shelnutt LM, Fischer JR and Wilde SB. 2014. Experimental feeding of Hydrilla verticillata colonized by Stigonematales cyanobacteria induces Vacuolar Myelinopathy in Painted turtles (Chrysemis picta). PLoS One: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093295
  54. GSTKeeler, SP, MJ Yabsley, HC Adams, and SM Hernandez. 2014. A novel Isospora species (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from warblers of Costa Rica. J Parasitol. Jun;100(3):302-4.
  55. GSTGoynor JL, Smith LL, Yabsley MJ, and Hernandez SM. 2014. Safety and utility of a novel field anesthetic protocol for gopher tortoises. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38, 1, p 43–50.
  56. GSTConway, A.L., Hernandez, SM, Carroll, JP., Green, GT., Larson, L. 2014. Local awareness of and attitudes toward pygmy hippopotamus conservation in the Moa River Island Complex, Sierra Leone. Oryx 49(3): 550-558
  57. GSTKistler WM, SM Hernandez, J Ballard, USTS Arnold, USTT Johnson, and MJ Yabsley. 2013. Evaluation of restriction length enzyme assay for differentiation of Haemoproteus and Plasmodium across a standard region of the genome in the MalAvi Database. Parasitol Res (99(6):1133-1136).
  58. GSTCasey CL, Hernandez SM, Yabsley MJ, Smith, KF, Sanchez S. 2013. The influence of the conditions of the pet trade on the commensal gastrointestinal flora of wild-caught Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko). Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 23: 74-82
  59. VRSchnellbacher R, Hernandez SM, Tuberville TD, Mayer J, Alhamhoom Y, Arnold RD. The Efficacy of Intranasal Administration of Dexmedetomidine and Ketamine to Yellow-Bellied Sliders, Trachemys scripta scripta. 2012. J of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery. Volume 22, No. 3–4
  60. Hernandez, SM, Mattsson BJ, Cooper RJ, Carroll CR. 2013. Coffee Agroforests Remain Beneficial for Neotropical Bird Community Conservation across Seasons. PLosONE 8(9): e65101. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065101
  61. GSTLoyd KAT, SM Hernandez, K.J. Abernathy, B.C. Shock, G.J. Marshall. 2013. Risk behaviours exhibited by free-roaming cats in a suburban US town. Veterinary Record 173(12):295. DOI: 10.1136/vr.101222.
  62. GSTKistler, WM, SM Hernandez, JR Ballard, SL ArnoldUST, T JohnsonUST, and MJ Yabsley. 2013. Evaluation of a restriction fragment length enzyme assay for differentiation of Haemoproteus and Plasmodium across a standard region of the genome. Journal of Parasitology. 99(6):1133-36
  63. USTRossow, JA., Hernandez, SM, USTSumner, SM., USTAltman, BR., USTCrider, CG., USTGammage, MB., Segal, KM., and Yabsley, MJ. 2013. Haemogregarine infections of three species of aquatic freshwater turtles from two sites in Costa Rica. Internat J for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2:131-135.
  64. Hernandez SM, USTB Galbreath, DF Riddle, AP Moore, and MJ Yabsley. 2013. Baylisascaris procyonis in raccoons from North Carolina and current status of the parasite in the United States. Parasitology Research 112(2):693-698.
  65. GSTGonzales Astudillo, V, SM Hernandez, SL BooneGST, EK Lipps, S Shersthra, and MJ Yabsley. Spatial, temporal and intraspecific differences of haemoparasite infection and relevant physiological parameters of wild birds in Georgia, USA. 2013. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2:178-189
  66. GSTBoone SS, SJ. Divers, AC. Camus , DL. Peterson , CA. Jennings , J. L. Shelton, and SM Hernandez. Pathologic and Physiologic Effects Associated with Long-Term Intracoelomic Transmitters in Captive Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser baerii). 2013. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33: 869-877.
  67. USTRossow, JA, SM Hernandez, SM USTSumner, BR USTAltman, CG USTCrider, MB USTGammage, KM Segal, and MJ Yabsley. 2013. Haemogregarina infections of three species of aquatic freshwater turtles from two sites in Costa Rica. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife.
  68. GSTLoyd, KT., SM Hernandez, G.J. Marshall, KJ. Abernathy, JP. Carroll, and BJ. Foster. 2013. Quantifying free-roaming domestic cat predation using animal-borne cameras. Biological Conservation 160:183-189
  69. GSTBoone SS, SM Hernandez, A. C. Camus , DL. Peterson , CA. Jennings , JL. Shelton and SJ. Divers. 2013. Evaluation of four suture materials for surgical incision closure in Siberian sturgeon, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 142(3):649-659
  70. Hernandez SM, B USTGalbreath, DF Riddle, AP Moore, MB Palamar, MG Levy, CS DePerno, MT Correa, and MJ Yabsley. 2013. Baylisascaris procyonis in raccoons from North Carolina and current status of the parasite in the United States. Parasitology Research 112:693-698
  71. Hernandez SM, VE Peters, PL Weygandt, C Jimenez, P Villegas, B O’Connor, MJ Yabsley, M Garcia, SM Riblet, and CR Carroll. 2012. Do shade-grown coffee plantations pose a disease risk for wild birds? EcoHealth 2013 Jun;10(2):145-58
  72. GSTLoyd, KT. and SM. Hernandez. 2012. Public perceptions of domestic cats and preferences for feral cat management in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Anthrozoos 25(3):337-351.
  73. Smith KF, MJ Yabsley, S Sanchez, CL CaseyGST, MD Behrens, and SM Hernandez. 2012. Salmonella isolates from wild caught Tokay Geckos imported to the US from Indonesia. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 12:575-582.
  74. GSTLoyd, KT., SM Hernandez, G.J. Marshall, KJ. Abernathy and BJ., Foster. 2012. Kitty Cams: using new technology to study free-roaming cats. The Wildlife Professional Summer:60-61
  75. Hernandez SM, Keel K, Sanchez S, Trees E, Gerner-Smidt P, Adams JK, Cheng Y, Ray A 3rd, Martin G, Presotto A, Ruder MG, Brown J, Blehert DS, Cottrell W, Maurer JJ. 2012. Epidemiology of a Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium strain associated with a songbird outbreak. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78:7290-7298.
  76. Keeler, SP, MJ Yabsley, SE Gibbs, SN McGraw, and SM Hernandez. 2012. A new Isospora species of passerines in the family Turdidae from Costa Rica. Journal of Parasitology. 98:167-169.
  77. Keeler, SP, MJ Yabsley, JM Fox, SN McGraw, and SM Hernandez. 2012. Isospora troglodytes n. sp. (Apicomplexa:Eimeriidae), a new coccidan species from wrens of Costa Rica. Parasitology Research 110(5):1723-1725.
  78. Yabsley, MJ, JF Fischer, and SM Hernandez. 2012. The Lethal Jump from Wildlife to Humans: Why zoonotic diseases are on the rise. The Wildlife Professional  Spring: 40-43.
  79. Hernandez, SM, Tuberville TD, Frank P, Stahl S, #McBride, MM, Buhlman, KA, Divers, SJ. 2010. Health and reproductive assessment of a free-ranging Gopher tortoise population following translocation. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 20: 84-93
  80. Hernandez, SM., Schumacher J, Lewis SJ, Odoi A, Divers, SJ. 2011.Cardiopulmonary parameters, arterial and venous blood gas analysis and baroreceptor reflex in conscious green iguanas. American Journal of Veterinary Research 72: 1519–1526.
  81. Alworth, LC, Hernandez SM, Divers SJ. 2011. Laboratory Reptile Surgery: Principles and Techniques. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 50:11-26.
  82. Divers SJ, Papich M, #McBride M, Stedman NL, Koch TF, Perpinan D, Hernandez SM, Barron GH, Pethel M, and Budsberg SC. 2010. Intravenous and oral pharmacokinetics of meloxicam in the green iguana (Iguana iguana). American Journal of Veterinary Research 71:1277–1283.
  83. GSTConway A, Hernandez SM and Carroll J. 2010. Rufous Fishing Owl Scotopelia ussheri camera-trapped at midday near Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 17(1):90-91.
  84. Hernandez SM, Gammons D, Gottdenker N, Mengak M, Conner M, Divers SJ. 2010. Technique, safety, and efficacy of intra-abdominal transmitters in nine-banded armadillos. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:174-180.
  85. Hernandez-Divers SJ, Hensel P, Gladden J, Hernandez-Divers SM, Buhlmann KA, Hagen C, Sanchez S, Latimer KS, Ard M, Camus AC. 2009. Investigation of shell disease in map turtles. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45:637-52.
  86. Yabsley MJ, GSTKeeler SP, Gibbs SEJ, gstMcGraw SN, Hernandez-Divers SM. 2009. New species of Isospora from the blue-crowned motmot from Costa Rica. Journal of Parasitology 95: 1189-1191.
  87. Hernandez-Divers SM, Villegas P, Jimenez C, Hernandez-Divers SJ, Garcia M, Riblet SM, Carroll, R, O’Connor B, Webb J, Yabsley MJ, Williams SF, and Sanchez S. 2008. Backyard Chicken Flocks Pose a Disease Risk for Neotropical Birds. Journal of Avian Diseases 52:558–566.
  88. VRPerpinan D. Hernandez-Divers SM, Latimer KS, Akre T, Hagen C, Buhlman KA and Hernandez-Divers SJ. 2008. Hematology of the Pascagoula map turtle and the south-east Asian box turtle. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 39: 460–463.
  89. VSTHaag KM, Hernandez-Divers SM, Latimer K, Garner MM, Reavill DR, Schmidt RE and Hernandez-Divers SJ. 2008. Infiltrative lipoma in a black rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 17: 129-131.
  90. Hernandez-Divers SM. 2008. Of birds, people (and coffee): research and conservation in Costa Rica. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 22:59-65.



Vice President of the Wildlife Disease Association

Member, Wildlife Disease Association, American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, The Wildlife Society: -Present