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Maris Brenn-White, DVM, MPVM

Research Fellow for the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine

Dr. Maris Brenn-White is a wildlife veterinarian with a DVM and Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), both from University of California, Davis. She spent her early career at the University of California, San Francisco researching novel prevention methods for HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Upon learning about the Conservation Medicine/One Health framework, Maris discovered a career path that merged her interests in medicine, conservation, and the population health of all species, motivating her to pursue veterinary school. During her veterinary training, she completed externships with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and the San Diego Zoo, conducted field-based surveillance of avian influenza in gulls, and researched West Nile virus vaccine efficacy in the Island Scrub-Jay. For her MPVM, she assessed the risk of canine distemper spillover from domestic hunting dogs to jaguars through a multi-year survey of dogs in indigenous communities in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. Just prior to joining the Institute for Conservation Medicine, Maris served as a research associate with the Wildlife Health Center at UC, Davis and as a contract wildlife veterinarian for the United States Geological Survey. She is thrilled to be serving as Institute for Conservation Medicine's first Research Fellow and developing research at the intersection of wildlife, domestic animal, human, and ecosystem health.


MPVM – Wildlife epidemiology, University of California, Davis
DVM – Zoological medicine, University of California, Davis
B.A. – International Human Health, Stanford University

Areas of Expertise

Conservation Medicine & One Health
Wildlife Epidemiology
Global Public Health