Ursula Höfle has a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a PhD by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany. During 7 years, she worked as a veterinarian of wildlife rehabilitation center and postdoctoral researcher. Since 2007, she is tenured professor and researcher in the Research Group in Health and Biotechnology (SaBio) of the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), where she is head of the avian diseases and pathology section (area of avian pathology).
Her research focuses on shared infectious diseases of wild birds important at the interface of wildlife, domestic animals and man. Ursula also focuses on the impact of humanized habitat and climate change on disease emergence and conservation in both common and endangered wild bird species.
In her studies she integrates host and pathogen ecology as well as host-pathogen interaction. Her latest research includes the effect of landfill use by wild birds on antimicrobial resistance spread , the role of urban and farm passerines in avian influenza epidemiology, the interaction of co-circulating flaviviruses in avian hosts, and the impact of heat stress on the response of avian hosts to pathogens.