National Wildlife Research Center USDA
Susan Shriner is a Wildlife Epidemiologist who works on emerging and re-emerging pathogens, especially those at the wildlife-agricultural and wildlife-human interfaces. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration with a focus on Natural Resource Management and a PhD in Zoology with a focus on inventory and monitoring of wildlife. She also has a significant experience developing, validating, and interpreting diagnostic assays. She works with the USDA National Wildlife Disease Program to design and implement national surveillance for monitoring wildlife pathogens. In addition to surveillance support, she also responds to agricultural pathogen outbreaks to investigate potential wildlife involvement and to understand transmission and spillover pathways. In addition, she conducts both field and experimental work to understand wildlife species susceptibility, infection dynamics, and immune responses for a variety of pathogens, especially SARS-CoV-2 and avian influenza. Dr. Shriner has been at the forefront of identifying spillover of SARS-CoV-2 into wildlife and the development of national surveillance to understand SARS-CoV-2 in North American wildlife.