Ursula Höfle is veterinary graduate and doctor from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany. She has worked for 7 years as wildlife recovery center veterinarian and postdoctoral researcher. Since 2007 she is a contracted professor doctor and researcher at the Research Group in Health and Biotechnology (SaBio) of Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), where is head of the area of infectious diseases of wild birds (avian pathology area).
His research includes ecology of diseases shared between wild birds, domestic animals and humanssuch as avian influenza or West Nile fever. In addition, it studies how contact with humanized environments and climate change affect diseases of importance for the conservation of common and threatened wild bird species.
Ursula also addresses the emergence of resistance to antimicrobials in enterobacteria in wild birds that feed in urban solid waste dumps, such as the white stork, and their role in their dispersal. His work also includes the interaction of cocirculating Flaviviruses in avian hosts and the role of passerine birds in the transmission of avian influenza viruses in farm or urban environments, as well as the impact of heat stress on the response of birds to pathogens.