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Dr. Emily Jenkins Associate Professor

Joint faculty member

  • Zoonoses (diseases that transmit between animals and people) in northwestern Canada, including environmentally-transmitted (EchinococcusBaylisascaris, and Giardia), vector-borne (West Nile virus), rodent-borne (Hanta virus, plague), and food-borne diseases (Toxoplasma)
  • Climate and landscape change and the ecology of zoonoses with wildlife reservoirs in northwestern Canada
  • Indigenous health and country food safety and security in Canada's North

Recent grants and awrads

S. Elmore (student) and E. Jenkins.  Community dynamics of Toxoplasma gondii in an Arctic terrestrial food web in Nunavut. $3,200. Northern Scientific Training Program.  May-Oct 2013.

K. Price (student), E. Jenkins. Parasites of Arctic fox in the Canadian North. $8,600.  WCVM Interprovincial Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship and NSERC USRA, May-Aug, 2013.

L. Davenport (student), E. Jenkins. Parasites and pathogens of dogs in Saskatchewan.  $8,600. WCVM Interprovincial Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship and Pfizer Animal Health, May-Aug 2013.

S. Elmore (student). A novel use of ecological modeling to understand Toxoplasma gondii dynamics and phylogeographic relationships in Canada.  $63,000. NSERC PGS-D.  May 2011-2014, $21,000/year.

E. Jenkins, S. Elmore (student). Pathogen flow and diversity of Toxoplasma gondii in the Canadian North. $5,500.  Western College of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Health Research Fund.  May 2011-2014.

E. Jenkins.  Contract: Assessing risks of wildlife disease in the Canadian North. $31,000.  Polar Continental Shelf Program, Natural Resources Canada. Apr 2013-March 2014.

D. Kakakaway, and E. Jenkins. Remote dog research clinic on the Keeseekoose First Nation. $14,992. Community Network Research Grant, Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre. Sept 2012-Dec 2013.

E. Jenkins.  Toxoplasma in country foods from the Canadian North.  $24,660.  Public Health Agency of Canada, Jan-Mar 2013.

Recent publications

K.M. Gesy, J.M. Schurer, A. Massolo, S. Liccioli, B.T. Elkin, R. Alisauskas, E.J. Jenkins. 2014. Unexpected diversity of the cestode Echinococcus multilocularis in wildlife in Canada, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 3(2): 81-87; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2014.03.002.

S.A. Elmore, K.P. Huyvaert, L.L. Bailey, J. Milhous, R.T. Alisauskas, A.A. Gajadhar, E.J. Jenkins. 2014. Toxoplasma gondii exposure in arctic-nesting geese: A multi-state occupancy framework and comparison of serological assays. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 3(2): 147-153; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2014.05.005.

J. Schurer, L. Davenport, B. Wagner, E. Jenkins. 2014. Effects of sub-zero storage temperatures on endoparasites in canine and equine feces. Veterinary Parasitology, Available online 16 May 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.05.008.

J.M. Schurer, M. Ndao, H. Quewezance, S.A. Elmore, E.J. Jenkins.  2014. People, pets, and parasites: One Health surveillance in Southeastern Saskatchewan. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 90(6): 1184-1190; doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0749.

A. Lichtenwalner, N. Adhikari , L. Kantar, E. Jenkins, J. Schurer. 2014.  Echinococcus granulosus genotype G8 in Maine moose (Alces alces).  Alces 50: 27-33; http://alcesjournal.org/alces/index.php/alces/article/view/127. 

J.M. Schurer, K.M. Gesy, B. T. Elkin, E.J. Jenkins.  2013. Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus canadensis in wolves from western Canada. Parasitology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0031182013001716

C-C. Chen, T. Epp, E. Jenkins, C. Waldner, P.S. Curry, C. Soos. 2013. Modeling Monthly Variation of Culex tarsalis (Diptera: Culicidae) Abundance and West Nile Virus Infection Rate in the Canadian Prairies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10: 3033-3051; doi:10.3390/ijerph10073033 (Ranked 103 of 205 of Environmental Science journals, JCR Impact Factor 1.605)

C-C. Chen, E. Jenkins, T. Epp, C. Waldner, P.S. Curry, C. Soos. 2013. Climate change and West Nile virus in a highly endemic region of North America. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10: 3052-3071; doi:10.3390/ijerph10073052

K. Gesy, J. E. Hill, H. Schwantje, S. Liccioli, and E.J. Jenkins. 2013. Establishment of a European-type strain of Echinococcus multilocularis in Canadian wildlife. Parasitology 140 (9): 1133-1137 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0031182013000607 (Ranked 8th of 34 Parasitology Journals, JCR impact factor 2.961)

S. A. Elmore, L. Lalonde, G. Samelius, R.T. Alisauskas, A.A. Gajadhar, E.J. Jenkins. 2013. Endoparasites in the feces of arctic foxes in a terrestrial ecosystem in Canada. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2: 90-96 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2013.02.005 (new journal as of July 2012, not yet ranked)

J. Schurer. T.  Shury, F.A. Leighton, E. Jenkins. 2013. Surveillance for Echinococcus granulosus (E. canadensis) genotypes in Canadian ungulates. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2: 97-101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2013.02.004.

J. Schurer, M. Ndao, S. Skinner, J. Irvine, S.A. Elmore, T. Epp, E.J. Jenkins. 2013. Parasitic Zoonoses: One Health Surveillance in Northern Saskatchewan. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7(3): e2141 http://www.plosntds.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pntd.0002141 (Ranked first of 21 Tropical Medicine journals, JCR impact factor 4.716).

K. Gesy, M. Pawlik, L. Kapronczai, B. Wagner, B. Elkin, H. Schwantje, E. Jenkins. 2013. An improved method for the extraction and quantification of adult Echinococcus from wildlife definitive hosts. Parasitology Research 112(5): 2075-2078 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00436-013-3371-x   (Ranked 15th of 34 Parasitology Journals, JCR impact factor 2.149)

J. Hoopes, L. Polley, B. Wagner, and E.J. Jenkins. 2013. A retrospective investigation of feline gastrointestinal parasites in western Canada. Canadian Veterinary Journal 54:359-362. (Ranked 52 of 143 Veterinary Science Journals, JCR impact factor 1.063).

E.J. Jenkins, L. Castrodale, S. de Rosemond, B. Dixon, S. Elmore, K. Gesy, E. Hoberg, L. Polley, J. Schurer, M. Simard, and R.C.A. Thompson.  2013. Tradition and transition: Parasitic zoonoses of people and animals in Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland.  Advances in Parasitology 82: 33-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-407706-5.00002-2  (Ranked 5 of 33 Parasitology journals, JCR impact factor 4.390).

C. Chen, T. Epp, E. Jenkins, C. Waldner, P.S. Curry, and C. Soos. 2012. Predicting weekly