Ariel Leon is a Supervisory Biologist at the National Wildlife Health Center.
She received a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology from Barnard College and a PhD in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. She joined the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in 2019 as Biologist working with Dr. Tonie Rocke on testing the feasibility of vaccination as a management tool for White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in North American bats, in addition to studying host susceptibility and resistance to WNS and other wildlife diseases. She started in her role as Supervisory Biologist at the NWHC in 2023, where she acts as the unit coordinator for the Diagnostic Necropsy and Histology labs.
2023-Present Supervisory Biologist, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI
2019-2023 Biologist, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI
2013-2019 Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA
2010-2013 Research Assistant, Oregon Health & Science University, Beaverton, OR
Education and Certifications
2019 - Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA
2010 - Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY
Affiliations and Memberships*
Wildlife Disease Association
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government