College of Veterinary Medicine
Dept. of Veterinary Population Medicine
As head of the Ecosystem Health Initiative at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Katey Pelican is focused on improving health at the intersection of animals, humans and the environment. She is also an assistant professor of ecosystem health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Pelican maintains an active research program in wildlife conservation, physiology and health. Her research interests include building sustainable food systems, disease transmission between wildlife and livestock, and how changes in wildlife physiology impact population fitness and disease susceptibility. As an Institute on the Environment resident fellow, she will continue her research with the Ecosystem Health Initiative and expand the U of M Sub-Saharan Africa program, enabling more African students to receive advanced training in veterinary medicine.
She completed her doctorate in wildlife physiology with the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the University of Maryland in 2002; she continued at the Smithsonian until fall 2007. She continues to lead the vertebrate monitoring working group for the Smithsonian's Global Earth Observatories, a network of 30 long-term monitoring sites.