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Graham J. Hickling
Associate Professor

Dr. Graham Hickling is a New Zealander with a B.S.(Hons) in Zoology from the University of Canterbury, N.Z., and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario.  From 1981 to 1992 he worked as a research scientist for the New Zealand Forest Service and later the N.Z. Government’s Landcare Research Institute, where he managed a multidisciplinary research program focusing on wildlife reservoirs of bovine tuberculosis.

In 1992 Dr. Hickling joined the academic staff at Lincoln University, NZ, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in wildlife management.  In 1994, he was appointed to the NZ Animal Health Board’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) to help oversee the direction and funding of research on bovine tuberculosis in wildlife and livestock.

In August 2002, Dr. Hickling moved to the United States and was appointed as Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where he helped develop a graduate specialization program in wildlife disease ecology and management, offered jointly by the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine. 

In 2005 Dr. Hickling moved to the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries as Director of The Center for Wildlife Health (until 2015). He is presently Associate Professor, lead instructor for Current Topics in Wildlife Health (WFS 101), and lectures in Ecology and Management of Wildlife Health (WFS401/501), within the Wildlife Health curriculum. From 2010-2015 he served as Associate Director for Partner Relations at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).

Dr. Hickling’s research focuses on the ecology of emerging infectious diseases of wildlife, particularly zoonotic diseases that also affect humans.  His lab’s current research projects focus is on understanding the wildlife hosts and environmental factors determining distribution and spread of Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases, in the eastern United States.

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Contact Information

Graham J. Hickling, Ph.D.
Office location:
350 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg

Mailing address:
274 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
Knoxville, TN 37996-4563

865-974-2740 [ofc]       

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