Lesanna Lyn Lahner

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Dr. Lahner has been passionate about wildlife conservation since her childhood growing up in rural Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine with a dual degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH). Dr. Lahner has worked for USFWS, USGS, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and is currently the veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium and Sarvey Wildlife Center.

Contact Information

Tel: 206-707-2613

Research Interests

  • Dr. Lahner's research interest focus on field conservation efforts related to marine animal and marine environmental health. Current research includes Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD), sea otter medicine, pinniped disentanglement, and health assessments for standed marine animals.

Teaching interests

Veterinary medicine, one health, conservation biology, and wildlife medicine.


DVM, Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2011
MPH, Environmental Health, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2010


Sea Star Wasting Disease etiology investigation
Selected Publications

Hewson I, JB Button,  BM Gudenkauf, B Miner, AL Newton, JK Gaydos, J Wynne, CL Groves, G Hendler, M Murray, S Fradkin, M Breitbart, E Fahsbender, KD Lafferty, AM Kilpatrick, CM Miner, P Raimondi, LL Lahner, CS Friedman, S Daniels, M Haulena, J Marliave, CA Burge, ME Eisenlord, and CD Harvell. 2014. Densovirus associated with sea-star wasting disease and mass mortality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Lahner LL, JC Franson, CU  Meteyer, and BA Rattner. 2011. Absence of toxicity of copper pellets simulating oral exposure to bullet and shot fragments in American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

Mans C, D Guzman Sanchez-Migallon, LL Lahner, J Paul-Murphy, and KK Sladky. 2011. Intranasal midazolam causes conscious sedation in Hispaniolan Amazon parrots (Amazona ventralis). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.

Mans C, LL Lahner, SM Johnson, and KK Sladky. 2012. Antinociceptive efficacy of buprenorphine and hydromorphone in red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

Lahner LL and Franson JC. Lead Poisoning in Wild Birds. USGS Fact Sheet. November, 2009.

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