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Rebecca Cole

Title: Zoologist, Disease Investigations
Phone: 608-270-2468

Education and/or Training

B.S. 1983 Maryville College, TN Biology
M.S. 1987 Murray State University, KY Animal Parasitology
Ph.D. 1993 Auburn University, AL Animal Parasitology

Areas of Specialization and or Research Interests

Wildlife Parasitology- Supervises the parasitology laboratory. Develops research projects as needs arise from diagnostic findings and seeks funding to execute research projects.

Current USGS Research and Projects

Study of parasite communities of the cane toad (Rhinella marinus) in Palm Beach County Florida and Grenada West, Indies.
Examination of swamp eels (Monopterous spp) from ethnic markets and feral populations in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey for zoonotic parasites.
Origins and potential range of North American populations of the invasive faucet snail, Bithynia tentaculata

Professional Experience

1988-1993 Research & Teaching Assistant, Dept of Pathobiology, Auburn Univ, Auburn, AL

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Sigma Xi Honor Society
American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
Helminthological Society of Washington
American Society of Parasitologists

Honors and/or Awards

Adjunct Assistant Professor 1999 - present Department of Pathobiology University of Illinois, Urbana
Adjunct Assistant Professor 2001 - present Department of Biology University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
Honorary Fellow 2010 - present Department Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine University Wisconsin, Madison
Invited Speaker
Visiting Professor 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Provided two weeks of instruction in wildlife parasitology St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine, St George’s, Grenada
Visiting researcher September 16-20, 2010 Designed and established sampling protocols of cane toads for parasites for student technicians who were assisting in research on the parasite community of cane toads in Grenada, West Indies. St. George University

Publications Since 2008

Cole, R. A. Choudhury, L. Nico and K Griffin. 2014. Gnathostoma spp in live Asian swamp eels (Monopterus spp) from food markets and wild populations, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases: 20(4): 634-642.

Bursey, C., M. Drake, R. Cole, M. Sterner III, R. Pinckney and U. Zieger. 2013. New species of Parapharyngodon (Nematoda: Pharyngononidae) in Rhinella marina (Anura: Bufonidae) from Grenada, West Indies. J. Parasitololgy 99:475-479

Choudhury, A. and R.A.Cole. 2012. Bothriocephalus acheilognathi Yamaguti (Asian tapeworm) Pp 385-400, R.A. Francis (ed), Global Freshwater Invasive Species. Earthscan, New York.

Linder, C., R.A. Cole, T. Hoffnagle, B. Persons, A. Choudhury, R. Haro, and M. Sterner. 2012. in press Journal of Parasitology.

Fellers, G., R. A. Cole, D. M. Reinitz and P. Kleeman. 2012. Amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in coastal and montane California anurans. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6:383-394.

Schotthoefer, A. M., J. R. Rohr, R. A. Cole, A. Koehler, C. M. Johnson, L. Johnson and V. R. Beasley. 2011. Summary of: Effects of wetland vs. landscape variables on parasite communities of R. pipiens: Links to anthropogenic factors.

Schotthoefer, A. M., J. R. Rohr, R. A. Cole, A. Koehler, C. M. Johnson, L. Johnson and V. R. Beasley. 2011. Effects of wetland vs. landscape variables on parasite communities of R. pipiens: Links to anthropogenic factors. Ecological Applications 21: 12-57-1271.

Adams, M. J., N. D. Chelgren, D. Reinitz, R. A. Cole, L. J. Rachowicz, S. Galvan, B. McCreary, C. A. Pearl, L. L. Bailey, J. Bettaso, E. L. Bull, and M. Leu. 2010. Using occupancy models to understand the distribution and prevalence of an amphibian pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Ecological Applications 20:289-302.

Henningsen, J. P., S. L. Lance, K. L. Jones, C. Hagen, J. Laurila, R. A. Cole, and K. E. Perez. 2010. Development and characterization of 17 polymorphic microsatellite loci in faucet snail, Bithynia tentaculata (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda: Bithyniidae). Conservation Genetic Resources 2010 (2): 247-250.

Schotthoefer, A. M., M. G. Bolek, R. A. Cole, and V. R. Beasley. 2009. Parasites of the mink frog (Rana septentrionalis) from Minnesota. Comparative Parasitology 76: 240-246.

Sterner, M.C. and R. A. Cole. 2008. Diplotriaena, Serratospiculum and Serratospiculoides. Pp 434-438, in C. T. Atkinson, N. J. Thomas and D. B. Hunter (eds), Parasitic Diseases of Wild Birds. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, Iowa, USA.

Mitchell, A. J. and R. A. Cole. 2008. Survival of the faucet snail after chemical disinfection, pH extremes, and heated water bath treatments. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28:1597-1600.

Choudhury, A. and R.A. Cole. 2008. Phylum Nematoda in Fish Diseases Vol 2. J. Eiras, H. Segner, T. Wahli and B. Kapoor eds. Science Publishers. Enfield, New Hampshire. p. 1063-1113.

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