Sarah Helman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

As a veterinarian and wildlife disease ecologist, Sarah Helman uses a multidisciplinary approach to study infectious diseases in wildlife populations. Throughout her PhD work in the Lloyd-Smith Lab at UCLA, she focused on dynamics of the zoonotic disease leptospirosis in coastal California wildlife. Her La Kretz Postdoc research is an expansion of this work, exploring the intersection of urbanization, diet, rodenticides and pathogens in local coyotes. She is very excited to be collaborating on this research with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the National Park Service and other local wildlife agencies.



The 2023 UCLA La Kretz Center Public Lecture

It was an honor to have guest lecturer Dr. Jennifer Norris at the 2023 UCLA La Kretz Center Public Lecture to speak about her work leading California’s 30×30 Initiative and…

Recent Publications

Pathogenic Leptospira are widespread in the urban wildlife of southern California

S.K., Helman, A.F.N., Tokuyama, R.O., Mummah, N.E., Stone, M.W., Gamble, C.E., Snedden, B., Borremans, A.C.R., Gomez, C., Cox, J., Nussbaum, I., Tweedt, D.A., Haake, R.L., Galloway, J., Monzón, S.P.D., Riley, J.A., Sikich, J., Brown, A., Friscia, J.W., Sahl, D.M., Wagner, J.W., Lynch, K.C., Prager, J.O., Lloyd-Smith

Published Work | 2023 | Scientific Reports