One Health Research Coordinator
Lincoln Park Zoo
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Jackie Buckley is the One Health Research Coordinator at the Lincoln Park Zoo where she works as part of a team to do research on rat associated zoonotic disease transmission in Chicago. She also studies the effects of rodenticide on urban wildlife.
Jackie earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the University of New Hampshire with minors in Animal Science and Dairy Management in 2014. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jackie worked at a variety of small animal hospitals, assisted with research publications in dairy science, laboratory animal science and volunteered at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo during the summers. Jackie has also worked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a nutrition research intern and as a zookeeper, where she worked with hoofstock, carnivores, and birds. In 2012, Jacqueline spent a month in South Africa learning about veterinary techniques and conservation efforts in Krueger National Park. Jackie has also worked with cotton-top tamarins in Colombia. After gaining a master’s degree from Tufts, Jackie worked as a Diversity and Inclusion fellow at the Defenders of Wildlife before moving to her current position.
Jackie loves her current job because it complements her personal and professional goals. She believes it is crucial to inspire stakeholders and public officials to appreciate the importance of animals and our ecosystems as they relate to human health. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, visiting zoos, boxing, visiting her family in New York City, and hiking with her German shepherd, Maverick.