Krysten Schuler

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Assistant Research Professor



Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3900

Research Interest

  • Infectious and parasitic diseases of free-ranging terrestrial wildlife
  • Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance and response
  • Disease risk assessment
  • Geographic epidemiology
  • Wildlife health database integration
  • Wildlife health education


  • Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Area of Study -Wildlife Sciences in 2006 from South Dakota State University, Brookings SD
  • M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology in 2002 from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK
  • B.S. Biological Sciences in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN

Biography/Professional Experience

  • Present: Wildlife Disease Ecologist, Assistant Research Professor; Cornell University, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Ithaca NY
  • 2011-2019: Senior Extension Associate; Cornell University, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Ithaca NY
  • 2006-2011: Wildlife Disease Ecologist for the Field Investigation Team; U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison WI
  • 2002-2006 Research Assistant, South Dakota State University, Brookings SD
  • 1999-2002 Teaching Assistant, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK
  • 1998-1999 Research Assistant II, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA


  • Alger, K., E. Bunting, K. Schuler, and C. Whipps. 2017. Evaluating risk factors for lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV) in wild turkeys of New York State. The Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Accepted.
  • Decker, D., K.L. Schuler, M.A. Wild, and A. Forstchen. 2016. Wildlife health and public trust responsibilities for wildlife resources. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52:775-784. DOI: 10.7589/2016-03-066
  • Lorch, J., S. Knowles, J. Lankton, K. Michell, J. Edwards, J. Kapfer, R. Staffen, E. Wild, K. Schmidt, A. Ballmann, D. Blodgett, T. Farrell, B. Glorioso, L. Last, S. Price, K. Schuler, C. Smith, J. Wellehan, Jr., D. Blehert. 2016. Snake Fungal Disease: An Emerging Threat to Wild Snakes. Submitted by invitation to Philosophical Transactions B. 371(1709). DOI:10.1098/rstb.2015.0457
  • Justice-Allen, A., K. Orr, T. G. Schwan, K. Schuler, C. Meteyer, K. McCarty, and K. Jacobson. 2016. Bald eagle nestling mortality due to tick parasitism and successful management with nest replacement. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52:940-944.
  • Schuler, K. L, A. M. Wetterau, E. M. Bunting, and H. Mohammed. 2016. Exploring chronic wasting disease risk perception between wildlife and agriculture. Wildlife Society Bulletin 40(1):32–40; 2016; DOI: 10.1002/wsb.625
  • Decker, D., C. Smith, A. Forstchen, D. Hare, E. Pomeranz, C. Doyle-Capitman, K. Schuler, and J. Organ. 2016. Governance principles to guide wildlife conservation in the 21st Century. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12211
  • Alger, K., E. Bunting, K. Schuler, J. Jagne, and C. Whipps. 2015. Diagnosing lymphoproliferative disease virus in live wild turkeys (Meleagris gallapavo) using whole blood. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46:806-814.
  • Evans, T. S., K. L. Schuler, and W. D. Walter. 2014. Surveillance and monitoring of white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease in the northeastern United States. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(2): fwma-05-02-07.3d.
  • Schuler, K. L. , G. Schroeder, J. A. Jenks, and J. G. Kie. 2014. Ad-hoc smoothing parameter performance in kernel estimates of GPS-derived home ranges. Wildlife Biology 20(5):259-266.
  • White, C. L., K. L. Schuler, N. Thomas, J. Webb. 2013. Pathogen exposure and blood chemistry in the Washington State population of northern sea otters. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 49(4):887-899. DOI: 10.7589/2013-03-053
  • Bildfell, R. J., W. K. Rumbeiha, K. L. Schuler, C. U. Meteyer, P. L. Wolff, and C. M. Gillin. 2013. A review of zinc phosphide toxicosis in wild geese (Branta spp.) in Oregon (2004-2011). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 25: 162-167. DOI:10.1177/1040638712472499
  • Schuler, K. L. D. E. Green, A. E. Justice-Allen, R. Jaffe, M. Cunningham, N. J. Thomas, M. G. Spaulding, and H. S. Ip. 2012. Expansion of an exotic species and concomitant disease outbreaks: pigeon paramyxovirus in free-ranging Eurasian collared doves. EcoHealth. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0758-6.
  • Burco, J., A. M. Myers, K. L. Schuler, and C. Gillin. 2012. Acute lead toxicosis via ingestion of spent ammunition in a free-ranging cougar (Puma concolor). The Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(1):216-210.
  • Russell, D. M., C. S. Goldberg, L. Sprague, L. P. Waits, D. E. Green, K. L. Schuler, E. B. Rosenblum. 2011. Ranavirus outbreaks in amphibian populations of northern Idaho. Herpetological Review 42:223-225.
  • Schuler, K. L., D. M. Leslie, Jr., J. H. Shaw, and E. J. Maichak. 2006. Temporal-spatial distribution of bison (Bos bison) in a tallgrass prairie fire mosaic. Journal of Mammalogy 87(3):539-544.
  • Schuler, K. L., J. A. Jenks, C. S. DePerno, M. A. Wild, and C. S. Swanson. 2005. Tonsillar biopsy testing for chronic wasting disease: two approaches in deer. The Journal of Wildlife Diseases 41(4):820-824.
  • Maichak, E. J. and K. L. Schuler. 2004. Applicability of viewshed analysis to wildlife population estimation. American Midland Naturalist 152(2):277-285.
  • Maichak, E. J., K. L. Schuler, and M. E. Payton. 2004. Behavioral variation of bison on a tallgrass prairie. Prairie Naturalist 36(2):103-118.

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 Outstanding Professional, The New York State Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • 2010 USGS S.T.A.R. Award for authorship of Climate Change and Wildlife Health white paper
  • 2008 The Wildlife Society Leadership Institute Participant

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Wildlife Disease Association