National Wildlife Health Center

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J. Christian Franson

Title: Research Wildlife Biologist, Field & Lab Research
Phone: (608) 270-2444

Education and/or Training

B.S. 1970 Iowa State University Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
M.S. 1972 Iowa State University Animal Ecology
DVM 1979 Iowa State University Veterinary Medicine

Areas of specialization and or research interests

Wildlife toxicology and health

Current USGS Research and Projects

Contaminants and diseases in arctic waterfowl
Contaminants in the Great Lakes
Lead exposure in American woodcock

Professional Experience

1995 – Present U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center Research Wildlife Biologist, Field & Lab Research
1988 – 1995 Supervisory Laboratory Diagnostician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin
1984 – 1998 Leader, Resource Health Team. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin
1979 – 1984 Research Veterinarian. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxant Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Selected Publications

Ely, C.R. and J.C. Franson. 2014. Blood lead concentrations in Alaskan tundra swans: linking breeding and wintering areas with satellite telemetry. Ecotoxicology 23:349-356.

Custer, T.W., P.M. Dummer, C.M. Custer, J.C. Franson, and M. Jones. 2014. Contaminant exposure of birds nesting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. DOI: 10.1002/etc.2609.

Jankowski, M.D., R.E. Russell, J.C. Franson, R.J. Dusek, M.K. Hines, M. Gregg, and E.K.Hofmeister. 2014. Corticosterone metabolite concentrations in greater sage-grouse are positively associated with the presence of cattle grazing. Rangeland Ecology and Management 67:237-246.

Wilson, R.E., S.A. Sonsthagen, and J.C. Franson. 2013. Sex identification of duck embryos and note on embryonic syrinx development of sexual dimorphism. Avian Biology Research 6:243-246.

Wilson. H.M., J.S. Hall, P.L. Flint, J.C. Franson, C.R. Ely, J.A. Schmutz, and M.D. Samuel. 2013. High seroprevalence of antibodies to avian influenza viruses among wild waterfowl in Alaska: implications for surveillance. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058308.

Beyer, W.N., J.C. Franson, J.B. French, T. May, B. Rattner, V.I. Shearn-Bochsler, S. Warner, J. Weber, and D. Mosby. 2013. Toxic exposure of songbirds to lead in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 65:598-610.

Hall, J.S., S. Krauss, J.C. Franson, J.L. TeSlaa, S.N. Nashold, D.E. Stallknecht, R.J.Webby, and R.G. Webster. 2013. Avian influenza in shorebirds: experimental infection of ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) with avian influenza virus. Influenza and OtherRespiratory Viruses 7:85-92.

Docherty, D.E., J.C. Franson, R.E. Brannian, R.R. Long, C.A. Radi, D. Kruger, andR.F. Johnson, Jr. 2012. Avian botulism and avian chlamydiosis in wild water birds, Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA. Journal of Zoo and WildlifeMedicine 43:885-888.

Franson, J.C., L.L. Lahner, C.U. Meteyer, and B.A. Rattner. 2012. Copper pelletssimulating oral exposure to copper ammunition: absence of toxicity in American kestrels(Falco sparverius). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 62:145-153.

Franson, J.C. and D.J. Pain. 2011. Lead in birds. Pp. 563-593 in W.N. Beyer and J.P. Meador (eds.), Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations, 2nd ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Franson, J.C., D.J. Hoffman, and P.L. Flint. 2011. Selenium concentrations and enzyme activities of glutathione metabolism in wild long-tailed ducks and common eiders. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30:1479-1481.

Franson, J.C., E.K. Hofmeister, G.H. Collins, and R.J. Dusek. 2011. Seroprevalence of West Nile virus in feral horses on Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, United States. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 84: 637-640.

Ramey, A.M., J.M. Pearce, A.B. Reeves, J.C. Franson, M.R. Petersen, and H.S. Ip. 2011. Evidence for limited exchange of avian influenza viruses between seaducks and dabbling ducks at Alaska Peninsula coastal lagoons. Archives of Virology 156:1813-1821.

Hall, J.S., J.C. Franson, R.E. Gill, C.U. Meteyer, J.L. TeSlaa, S. Nashold, R.J. Dusek, and H.S. Ip. 2011. Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 5:365-372.

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