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Jamie Palmer, M.S.

Technician for the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine

Jamie is an ecologist and technician for the Institute for Conservation Medicine. Her interests are in wildlife health and conservation medicine. She is particularly passionate about turtles. Jamie is the lab and field technician for Institute for Conservation Medicine programs working in Galapagos, Cuba and the U.S. Her main research focuses are the St. Louis Box Turtle Project, studying the health and movement patterns of box turtles in Missouri, and more recently developing a snapping turtle health assessment in Forest Park. She is the co-director of the Cuban Crocodile Conservation Program with the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute, developing a One Health program with Lauren Augustine, Curator of Herpetology, focused on the Zapata Swamp ecosystem. Before joining the Institute for Conservation Medicine, she was a keeper at the Zoo in both the Animal Health and Antelope Departments before to returning to school to complete her M.S. in Ecology, Evolution & Systematics at UMSL. Her thesis work looked at exposure to Plasmodium spp., the parasite that causes malaria, in Galapagos penguins. More specifically, antibody seroprevalence in penguins for the malarial parasite across islands in Galapagos. Jamie has been with the Zoo for 10+ years and with the Institute for Conservation Medicine since February, 2013. The Institute for Conservation Medicine team focuses their work on wildlife health issues as they fit into a conservation medicine/One Health framework, including the connections between wildlife conservation and human/ecosystem health.


M.S. – Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, University of Missouri – St. Louis
B.S. - Biology, Zoology emphasis, San Francisco State University

Areas of Expertise

Conservation Medicine & One Health
Field and lab techniques