Technician, Institute for Conservation Medicine


MS – Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, University of Missouri – St. Louis
BS - Biology, Zoology emphasis, San Francisco State University

Areas of Expertise

Conservation Medicine & One Health
Field and lab techniques

About Jamie Palmer

Jamie is an ecologist and technician for the ICM. Her interests are in wildlife health and conservation medicine. She is particularly passionate about turtles.  Jamie is the lab and field technician for ICM programs working in Galapagos, Peru and the US. Her main research focuses are the St. Louis Box Turtle Project, studying the health and movement patterns of box turtles in Missouri, and more recently developing a snapping turtle health assessment in Forest Park.  Before joining the ICM, she was a keeper at the Zoo in both the Animal Health and Antelope Departments before to returning to school to complete her MS in Ecology, Evolution & Systematics at UMSL. Her thesis work looked at exposure to Plasmodium spp., the parasite that causes malaria, in Galapagos Penguins.  More specifically, antibody seroprevalence in penguins for the malarial parasite across islands in Galapagos.  Jamie has been with the Zoo for 10+ years and with the ICM since February, 2013.  The ICM team focuses their work on wildlife health issues as they fit into a conservation medicine/One Health framework, including the connections between wildlife conservation and human/ecosystem health.