David presents at virtual AZA and AAZV Conferences

David Minich, fourth year veterinary student, presents his research on necrotizing enteritis in lorikeets at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Virtual Annual Conference and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Conference.  Way to go David!

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Madden, 2 time MVPoop Winner!

Dr. Chris Madden received the 2020 MVPoop award. The award was given by David Minich (the 2019 MVPoop winner).  David said of Dr. Madden, “He was a tremendous help organizing the samples and extracting most of the swabs before I arrived last summer, he helped me a ton with QIIME, spent a ton of time troubleshooting and teaching me PCR techniques as we attempted to identify the C. perfringens, and overall has done a ton of work for the lab organizing the sequencing data for both Columbus Zoo and the Denver Zoo.”  Congratulations and thank you for all of hard work and team work Dr. Madden!

A lab adventure on The Wilds side!

The Hale Lab visited The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio.

Left to right: Chris, Ryan, Tessa, Kilmer, Morgan

This ostrich took a fancy to Kilmer’s ponytail, and the oryx just stopped by to say hi.



Thanks Dr. Stephen Spear for showing us the amazing “bobber trained” hellbenders too!

David and Chris present at Virtual Denver Zoo Meeting

David Minich and Dr. Chris Madden presented findings from their work on lorikeet enteritis at a Denver Zoo Bird Curator and Veterinary Staff meeting.

Great presentation and great questions all around!

To watch a recording of this presentation, click here.


eSCOUT Team receives funding for COVID-19 Environmental Surveillance

eSCOUT Proposal receives funding from the Infectious Diseases Institute and the Center of Microbiome Science

Congratulations to the team:
Vanessa Hale, Seth Faith, Mark Flint, Jaylene Flint, Thomas Wittum, Andy Bowman, Jacqueline Nolting, Jenessa Winston, Dubraska Diaz-Campos, Risa Pesapane, Page Yaxley, Alexis McLaine, Linda Saif, Scott Kenney, Matthew Anderson, Laura Kubatko, Matt Sullivan, Ryan Winston, Karen Dannemiller, Jiyoung Lee, Mark H. Weir, Randall Junge, Jan Ramer, Dusty Lombardi, Blake Stamps, Michael Goodson, Zach Smith, Cas Smith

For more information about eSCOUT, click here.

Welcome Kilmer Soares!

Kilmer joins the Hale Lab as a visiting PhD student from Federal University of Paraiba. His research is focused on characterizing the gut microbiome of native Brazilian bee species as well as the effects of antimicrobials on bee gut microbial ecology. We’re so happy to have Kilmer with us this year!

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