Kaylee Byers

Dr. Kaylee Byers (she/her) is a One Health scientist and health communications researcher investigating innovative ways to improve the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems. Her research spans urban to rural ecosystems and aims to understand how human perceptions of wildlife and zoonotic diseases influence their participation in health surveillance and management programs for issues such as Chronic Wasting Disease, Avian Influenza, and Rat-Associated Zoonoses.

Kaylee is a senior scientist with the Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society at Simon Fraser University and deputy director of the British Columbia Node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. She is also the chair of the The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Diseases Working Group. Kaylee received her PhD from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia before joining the School of Population and Public Health as a postdoctoral fellow.

For the past decade Kaylee has been an active science communicator. She is the host of Genome BC’s podcast Nice Genes!, a biweekly podcast about genomics. She is also the co-founder of the science seminar series Nerd Nite Vancouver.