Wildlife Disease Technician
Chelsey Faller is a Wildlife Disease Technician working with DGIF at the Blacksburg field office. Her primary responsibilities surround chronic wasting disease surveillance in white-tailed deer in northern Virginia. She handles tissue sample collections, information websites, and GIS mapping, both for chronic wasting disease surveillance and for fish health inspections at the state hatcheries. Chelsey also assists DGIF with fish, woodcock, turkey, and grouse surveys, and with the DGIF-managed deer hunts at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Chelsey graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Masters degree in Wildlife Ecology. Her Bachelors degree is from the University of New Hampshire in Conservation Biology. In between her Bachelors and Masters degrees Chelsey worked six wildlife research jobs, all in different states, and did several stints volunteering with the Sierra Club in their Boston office.