Nelson Inst. for Environmental Studies
Forest and Wildlife Ecology Dept.
University of Wisconsin- Madison
A225 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1598
Phone: 608 609-4427
During my studies of veterinary medicine I developed my interest toward working with wildlife. Later on, I started to focus my attention specifically to disease
ecology. I obtained my B.S. in Veterinary Science, Universidad Austral de
Chile, 2010 and since then I’ve been involved in projects aimed to understand
the variables that influence the spatio-temporal pattern of diseases. Between
2005 and 2007, I worked as a volunteer and intern in the Wildlife Rescue and
Rehabilitation Center of Universidad Austral de Chile and the Wildlife Rescue
and Rehabilitation Center of San Antonio, Chile. In 2007 I conducted my Veterinary Science thesis on the relationship between parasite richness and diet richness of
American mink in Chile. Between October 2009 and March 2010, I was the field
project leader and veterinary assistant for a research study on disease
transmission between the American mink, domestic dogs and Southern river otter
in Chile. Currently I’m working with Michael D Samuel in the evaluation of four
vector borne diseases in gray wolves in Wisconsin. I plan to complete my MS
degree during 2013 and hope to pursue a PhD in the area of wildlife disease
B.S. degree in Veterinary Science, Universidad Austral de Chile, July 2010.
Sepúlveda M. A., Rosenfeld, C., Jara, R., Pelican, K.M. Prevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in feral American minks at the Mauillin River, Chile. Veterinary Parasitology. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2010.09.020.
Jara, R.F., Samuel, M.D. Seroprevalence of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and heartworm in gray wolves from Wisconsin between 1985 and 2011. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 2012
Jara, R.F. Spatial and temporal distribution of gray wolf exposure to vector borne diseases in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Wolf Science Advisory Committee meeting, Rhinelander, Wisconsin. June 2012.
Sepúlveda, M. A., Rojas-Leyton, M., Espinoza, A., Jara, R., Aleuy, O. A., Pelican, K., Sanchez, C. Anesthesia and intra-abdominal radio implantation using a paralumbar approach in American Mink (Neovison vison). 59th Wildlife Disease Association Annual Meeting. Iguazu, Argentina 2010.
Jara, R.F.; Soto-Gamboa, M.R.; Proboste, T.C. & Sepúlveda, M.A. Absence of gastrointestinal parasites in the American mink (Neovison vison) at the Maullín river, Chile: Parasite Release? XVI Chilean Ecology Society Annual Meeting, Valdivia, Chile, 2009.
Sepúlveda, M.A., Jara, R., Rosenfeld, C., González-Acuña, D., Muñoz-Zanzi, C., Pelican, K. M. Disease and ecological aspects in alien american mink (Neovison vison) at the Maullín River, Chile. 10th International Mammalogist Conference. SAREM, Mendoza, Argentina. 2009.
Sanchez, C., Sepúlveda, M. A., Rojas-Leyton, M., Espinoza, A., Jara, R., Aleuy, O. A., R., Pelican, K. Use of ketamine-medetomidine combination for intra-abdominal radio implantation using a paralumbar approach in wild American mink (Neovison vison) in Chile. American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Annual Meeting, TX, USA. (submitted).