Connie Silbernagel, D.V.M., M.P.V.M.

Research Scientist II


Major Research Areas

Aquatic Animal Health and Disease Epidemiology


  • B.S., Cell & Molecular Biology, Tulane University
  • D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • M.P.V.M., Epidemiology, University of California, Davis

Current Research

  • Cultured finfish and wildlife disease, zoonotic disease and epidemiology

  • Finfish quality assessment, malformations, stress

  • Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) use in aquatic animals


University Affiliations

  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Biology, University of California at San Diego;
  • Adjunct Professor, Marine and Environmental Studies Program, University of San Diego;
  • Adjunct Lecturer, San Diego State University

Dr. Constance Silbernagel joined the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute team in 2011 as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the sustainable seafood program. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007 and worked in private practice for several years with both domestic and wildlife species. She completed a Master’s of Preventative Veterinary Medicine degree (epidemiology emphasis) at the University of California Davis in 2012, focusing on understanding animal disease at the population level and implications for public health. In her current position as HSWRI Research Scientist II, Dr. Silbernagel conducts studies on aquatic animal health and epidemiology and is responsible for the clinical management of wild and cultured finfish at HSWRI. Dr. Silbernagel is accredited by the USDA, chairs the Institute’s Fish Health Management Team, and manages USDA fish export registration procedures for HSWRI.

Selected Publications

Silbernagel, C, Clifford, DL, Bettaso, J, Worth, S and Foley, J. 2013. Prevalence of selected pathogens in western pond turtles and sympatric introduced red-eared sliders in California, USA. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 107: 37-47.

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