Emily Lankau

Profile PicEmily W. Lankau is a veterinary epidemiologist whose work focuses on applying ecology theory to understanding and solving health problems at the human-livestock-wildlife interface. She performs research in the fields of microbial ecology and biogeography, disease ecology, and applied epidemiology with university and federal government collaborators. Current research projects include:

  • Establishing management techniques to encourage soil microbial communities that support pathogen resistance in potato crops
  • Exploring geographic and ecological drivers of enteric pathogen and antibiotic resistance transmission to birds living near livestock facilities
  • Documenting the effects of urbanization and dietary provisioning on white ibis enteric microbiota
  • Understanding and addressing human and wildlife health concerns associated with global wildlife trade

She is also the owner and operator of LandCow Consulting, where she provides technical and logistical support to zoo, non-profit, university, and pharmaceutical industry clients. Prior to opening her consulting business, Emily served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

Emily enjoys many aspects of traditional academic life, in particular working with students, and is currently affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, during her graduate training and post-graduate years, she has never felt that a traditional academic appointment is the right fit for her personality and research goals. She is pleased to support the Ronin Institute’s efforts to broaden opportunities for researchers to pursue their work outside of academia and believes this is a vital effort to encourage diversity and innovation in the scientific community.

Emily is always interested in collaborative opportunities to apply her epidemiologic skills to new research questions or consulting projects. She is also available to students considering science careers outside of academia who are seeking mentorship or assistance with networking.

She can be reached through LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/emily-w-lankau/1/988/956 or by email at emily.lankau@ronininstitute.org.