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Dr. Sharon Deem's Professional Experience

January 2011-present

Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, Missouri

January 2012-present       

Adjunct Associate Professor, Veterinary College and MPH Program University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

September 2007-present       

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Missouri – Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri

May 2000-present       

Veterinarian and Advisory Board Member, Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc., Huntington, New York

WORK EXPERIENCE (2010 TO 1988)

2007- 2010       

Veterinary Epidemiologist/Galápagos, WildCare Institute, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, Missouri

2005-2007

Research Veterinarian, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C., Gabon, Central Africa

2006-2007       

Regional Conservation Coordinator - Africa, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, Ohio, Gabon, Central Africa

2002-2005       

Veterinary Medical Officer, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park,, Washington, D.C.

2000-2004       

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, New York

1998-2002       

Field Veterinarian, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York

1997-1998       

Clinical Veterinarian, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York

1994-1997       

Resident in the Wildlife and Zoological Medicine Service, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

1990-1994       

Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Infectious Diseases

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Harare, Zimbabwe,

1991           

Part-time Veterinarian, High Springs Animal Hospital, High Springs, Florida,

1991           

Part-time Veterinarian, Shores Animal Hospital, Gainesville, Florida,

1989-1990       

Associate Veterinarian, WNC Veterinary Clinic, Arden, North Carolina

1990           

Rehabilitation Volunteer, WNC Nature Center, Asheville, North Carolina

1988-1989       

Associate Veterinarian, Saint Charles Animal Hospital, Waldorf, Maryland

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS (2016)

  • Veterinary Advisor Jaguar Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Wildlife Health Specialist Group IUCN
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
  • President, American College of Zoological Medicine 
  • Co-Chair, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Animal Health Committee

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND PAST POSITIONS

2013-2015

Vice-President, American College of Zoological Medicine

2011-2013    

Secretary, American College of Zoological Medicine

2002-2005    

National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc., Member of Disease Ecology Subcommittee

2004-2007       

Animal Health Committee of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association

2004           

Attending Veterinarian, IACUC, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park

2003-2006    

Chair, Infectious Disease Committee, American Association of Zoological Veterinarians

2000-2003    

Co-Chair, Infectious Disease Committee, American Association of Zoological Veterinarians

2001-2004    

Sub-committee chair of the American College of Zoological Medicine Examination Committee, Wildlife Section

1999-2004       

American College of Zoological Medicine, Examination Committee

1995           

Fourth Annual Resident Seminar Award

1991-1994       

Howard Hughes Pre-doctoral Fellow

1988           

Outstanding Veterinary Senior Award

1988           

The Upjohn Award for Proficiency in Large Animal Medicine

1987           

Secretary of VMRCVM, Class of 1988

1987-present       

Phi-Zeta Veterinary Honorary Society

 

FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS (38 AWARDED FOR TOTAL OF $1,623,582)

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers

$14,900 awarded to Gibbs, J., and Deem S.L.  “How Environment, Physiology and Life History Interact to Determine Pattern in Animal Migration.” 03/01/16-02/28/17.

Disney World Conservation Fund

$21,300 awarded to Deem, S.L., Blake, S., Palmer, J. Lammering, K., Flowers, S., and VanLinn, P.  “St. Louis Box Turtle Project.” 09/10/15-09/09/16.

Weiss Foundation

$11,000 awarded to Deem, S.L.  “Pathogens of zoonotic and wildlife conservation concern in dromedary camels in Kenya.”  10/01/14-09/30/15.

Disney World Conservation Fund

$23,950 awarded to Deem, S.L., Blake, S., Palmer, J. Lammering, K., Flowers, S., and VanLinn, P.  “St. Louis Box Turtle Project.” 09/10/14-09/09/15.

Mizzou Advantage Award – University of Missouri-Columbia

$249,996 awarded to Rosenfeld, C., Tillitt, D., Bhandari, R., Deem, S.L., Holliday, D.  “Endocrine Disruption of the Epigenome Across Taxa”.  05/01/14-04/30/15.

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$10,000 awarded to Rasambainarivo, F., Parker, P., Porton, I., and Deem, S.L.  “Leptospirosis at the interface between domestic animals and wildlife of the Betampona Natural Reserve, Madagascar”.  04/01/14-3/31/14.

Conservation Endowment Fund - Association of Zoos and Aquariums

$20,834 awarded to Deem, S.L., Bradshaw, L., Niedbalski, A., and Johnson, R. “Human health benefits associated with visiting zoological institutions”.  09/01/2013-08/31/2014.

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$9,600 awarded to Deem, S.L., Kinnaird, M., Browne, A.S., Fevre, E., and Wang, A.  “Health monitoring of dromedary camels in the arid and semi-arid lands of Northern Kenya: implications for human health and wildlife conservation”. 05/01/2013-04/30/2014.

National Science Foundation

$600,000 awarded to Gibbs, J., Blake, S., Deem, S.L., and Frair, J.  “How Environment, Physiology and Life History Interact to Determine Pattern in Animal Migration.” 01/01/2013-01/01/2016.

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$4,500 awarded to Porton, I., Deem, S., and Rasambainarivo, F. “The health of four lemur populations in Betampona Natural Reserve: Indri indri, Propithecus diadema, Varecia variegata and Eulemur fulvus albifrons.”12/01/2012-12/31/2012.

International Elephant Foundation

$9,900 awarded to Miller, M., Olea-Popelka, F., Deem, S.L., and Schmitt, D.  “Disease risk analyses for tuberculosis detection and prevalence in elephants”.  01/01/2012-12/31/2013.

Mazuri

$7,250 awarded to Deem, S.L., Duncan, M., Schmidt, D.A., Junge, R.E., and Fischer, M.  “An epidemiologic study of rumenitis in exotic ungulates”.  11/01/11-10/31/12.

Novus International    

$14,500 awarded to Deem, S.L., Dierenfeld, E., and Kinnaird, M. “Health monitoring of dromedary camels in the arid and semi-arid lands of Northern Kenya: implications for human health and wildlife conservation”.  04/11-04/12.   

Morris Animal Foundation

$9,000 awarded to Verant, M., Deem, S.L., and Parker, P.G. “Waterborne transmission of Toxoplasma gondii between feral cats and endemic avifauna in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.” 01/10-01/11.

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$9,410 awarded to Deem, S.L., Parker, P.G., and Verant, M.  “Waterborne transmission of Toxoplasma gondii in the Galapagos.” 12/09-12/10.

Charles Darwin Foundation – Galapagos Conservancy

$10,000 awarded to Deem, S.L., Parker, P.G., and Higashiguchi, J. “Understanding the epidemiology of avian pox virus in Galapagos: Implications for the long-term conservation of Galapagos’ birds. ” 5/09-12/09.  

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$7,962 awarded to Deem, S.L., Parker, P.G., Cruz, M., and Merkel, J. “Exposure to Toxoplasma gondii in Galápagos penguins and flightless cormorants in the Galápagos islands. ” 10/08-09/09.

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$7,962 awarded to Higashiguchi, J.M., Parker, P.G., Deem, S.L. “Characterization of avian poxvirus strains in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.” 10/08-09/09.

Morris Animal Foundation

$20,052 awarded to Deem, S.L., Parker, P.G., Cruz, M., and Hoeck, P.  “Health survey for the re-introduction of the Floreana mockingbird.” 08/08-07/09.

Saint Louis Zoo – The Field Research for Conservation Program

$9,560 awarded to Deem, S.L., Parker, P.G., Cruz, M., and Hoeck, P. Avian health survey for the re-introduction of the Floreana mockingbird (Nesomimus trifasciatus).” 05/08-04/09.

Charles Darwin Foundation – Galapagos Conservancy

$3,000 awarded to Deem, S.L., and Parker, P.G. “Avian Pox Virus.” 4/08-8/08

Wildlife Conservation Society – Pongara Fund

$4,865 awarded to Deem, S.L., and Bourgeois, S. “The impact of artificial light pollution on leatherback sea turtles in Gabon.” 2/07-5/07

AZA – Conservation Endowment Fund

$15,571 awarded to Deem, S.L., and Songsasen, N.  “Ecology and health status of maned wolves living in Brazilian and Bolivian National Parks.” 9/06-8/07.

AZA – Conservation Endowment Fund

$25,320 awarded to Deem, S.L., and Songsasen, N.  “Ecology and health status of maned wolves living in Brazilian and Bolivian National Parks.” 9/05-8/06.

Smithsonian Institution

$50,000 awarded to Deem, S.L. “Wildlife and Human Health Studies in Central Africa”. 9/05 – 8/06.

Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan

$1,500 awarded to Deem, S.L, Emmons, L.H., and Murray, S. “Health evaluation of maned wolves in the Parque Nacional Noél Kempff Mercado, Bolivia.” 5/04 – 5/05.

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park

$1,000 awarded to Deem, S.L, and Norton T.N. “Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) health assessment program along the Georgia coast and barrier island.”  5/04 – 7/04.

Morris Animal Foundation

$4,000 awarded to Savageau, N. and Deem, S.L. “Documenting the blinding effect of         Wasmannia auropunctata (little fire ant) on native fauna in Gabon.”  6/06 – 8/06.

Smithsonian Endowment

$20,000 awarded to Brown, J., Leimgruber, P., Eggert, L, and Deem, S.L.  “Management of captive elephants - the missing link for conservation of wild elephants in Burma.” 11/05 – 11/06.

SeaWorld & Busch Garden Conservation Fund

$5,000 awarded to Emmons, L., Deem, S.L., Murray, S., and Maldonado, J.  “Health and Genetic Study of Maned Wolves in the Noël Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia.” 8/04-8/05.

Wolcott – Trust Endowment Proposal

$20,000 awarded to Brown, J., Leimgruber, P., Eggert, L, and Deem, S.L. “Creation of a Smithsonian Elephant Research and Conservation Initiative.”  1/04 – 1/05.

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park

$2,550 awarded to Deem, S.L. “Forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) immobilizations for on-going ecological and health studies.” 3/03.

Lawrence Foundation

$5,000 awarded to Deem, S.L., Starr, L., Norton, T., and Karesh, W.B. “Sea turtle health assessment program in the Caribbean and Atlantic.” 1/02 - 1/03.

New York Community Trust

$300,000 awarded to Cook, R.A., Karesh, W.B., Deem, S.L., Weisman, W., and Uhart, M.M. “Working toward wildlife health in WCS conservation landscapes.” 1/00-1/03.

Jaguar Conservation Program Small Grants Program

$2,500 awarded to Deem, S.L., and Evans, R. “Health and reproductive evaluations of captive jaguars at the Simon Bolivar Zoo, San Jose, Costa Rica.”  9/01.

Jaguar Conservation Program Small Grants Program

$21,000 awarded to Fiorello, C., Deem, S.L., and Karesh, W.B. “Risks of disease transmission to jaguars from domestic carnivores in fragmented habitats.” 7/00-7/01.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow in Veterinary Epidemiology

$77,600 awarded to Deem, S.L. "The acquisition of Cowdria ruminantium infection and immunity in calves: implications for the epidemiology and control of heartwater."’1/91-1/94.                

Southeastern Consortium for International Development

$2,000 awarded to Deem, S.L., and Perry, B.D. "The control of heartwater in ruminants in Zimbabwe." 6/86 - 8/86.