Tiffany Wolf, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
Tiffany Wolf


Office Phone
Office Address

495L AS/VM
1988 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States


Associate Fellow


The Wilds, Cumberland, OH

DVM, Louisiana State University

PhD, University of Minnesota

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I am a wildlife epidemiologist with a broad interest in understanding diseases of wildlife populations at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of infectious diseases in multi-host pathogen systems and methods to assess the changes and impacts of disease in these populations, although my research includes non-infectious disease dynamics as well. Much of my research includes developing new approaches to studying disease in wildlife using advanced epidemiological, ecological, and molecular methods. As such, the nature of my work is highly multidisciplinary. I am involved in several lines of research that include moose health, Parelaphostrongylus tenuis transmission, primate health surveillance, tuberculosis transmission at the interface of humans and wildlife, and contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic ecosystems.


Research summary/interests

Battling Brainworm in Moose Crowdfunding Campaign:

  • Moose health in a declining population
  • Parelaphostrongylus tenuis epidemiology
  • Infectious diseases of primates
  • Role of wildlife in multihost pathogen systems (e.g. tuberculosis)
  • Zoo and wildlife medicine

See a video highlighting some of the research I am involved in.


Selected publications

  • Smith, KM, Zambrana-Torrelio C, White A, Asmussen M., Machalaba C, Kennedy S, Lopez K, Wolf TM, Travis DA, Karesh WB. Summarizing US wildlife trade with an eye toward assessing the risk of infectious disease introduction. EcoHealth 2017, 14(1): 29-39. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-017-1211-7
  • Thompson R, Wolf TM, Robertson H, Colburn MW, Moreno A, Moresco A, Napier AE, Nofs S. Using serial ultrasound in southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) to create fetal growth curves. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2017, 48(2).
  • Lonsdorf EV, Gillespie TR, Wolf TM, Lipende I, Raphael J, Bakuza J, Murray CM, Wilson ML, Kamenya S, Mjungu D, Collins DA, Gilby IC, Stanton MA, Terio KA, Barbian HJ, Li Y, Ramirez M, Krupnick A, Seidl E, Goodall J, Hahn BH, Pusey AE, Travis DA. Socioecological Correlates of Ill Health in Two Communities of Wild Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. American Journal of Primatology. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22562
  • Wolf TM, Sreevatsan S, Singer RS, Lipende I, Collins A, Gillespie TR, Lonsdorf, EV, Travis, DA. Noninvasive tuberculosis screening in free-living primate populations in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. EcoHealth. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-015-1063-y.
  • Thompson R, Gebhart CJ, Armién AG, Olsen K, Marthaler D, Rasmussen JM, Wolf TM, Wünschmann A. Fatal pyogranulomatous inflammation in Daurian pikas (Ochotona dauurica) naturally infected with Castellaniella ginsengisoli-like bacteria. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2015, 46(3):560-64.
  • Wolf TM, Mugisha L, Shoyama FM, O’Malley MJ, Flynn JL, Asiimwe B, Travis DA, Singer RS, Sreevatsan S. Noninvasive test for tuberculosis detection among primates. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2015 Mar.
  • Salas E, Wolf T, Harris S. Chronic renal disease and hepatocellular carcinoma in a captive two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2014, 45(2): 402-05.
  • Wolf TM, Sreevatsan S, Travis D, Mugisha L, Singer R. The risk of tuberculosis transmission to free-ranging great apes. American Journal of Primatology, 2014, Vol.76:(1), pp.2-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22197
  • Wolf TM, Wunschmann A, Morningstar-Shaw B. Pantlin GC, Rasmussen JM, Thompson RL. An outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis in goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutrosa subgutrosa) and a Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2011, 42(4):694-99.

Additional publications can be found at:

Book chapters and scholarly articles
  • Wolf TM and Travis D. Contributions: Prevalence; Epizootiology. In: The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Fuentes A (ed). Wiley-Blackwell. In press.
  • Travis DA and Wolf TM. Contribution: Epidemiology. In: The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Fuentes A (ed). Wiley-Blackwell. In press.
  • Wolf TM. Contributions: Babesiosis, Blastomycosis. In: Infectious Disease Manual, 1st and 2nd ed. 2011, 2013. Napier J and Gamble K. (eds.) Infectious Disease Committee, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
  • Hammond E and Wolf TM. Hurones. In: Atlas de Medicina, Terapéutica y Patología de Animales Exóticos. 2da ed. Aguilar R, Hernández SM, Divers SJ, and Perpiñán D. (eds). Inter-médica Editorial, Buenos Aires, Rebública Argentina, 2010.
  • Wolf TM. Ferrets. In: Manual of Exotic Pet Practice. Mitchell MA and Tully TN (eds.) Saunders, St. Louis, MO, 2009.
  • Hammond E and Wolf TM. Medicina y cirugía de hurones. In: Atlas de Medicina, Terapéutica y Patología de Animales Exóticos. Aguilar R, Hernández-Divers SM, and Hernández-Divers SJ. (eds). Inter-médica Editorial, Buenos Aires, Rebública Argentina, 2005.


Teaching areas

  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Ecosystem Health
  • Infectious Disease Ecology


  • CVM 6500
  • VMED 5180
  • GCC 3020/5020