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Valerie Shearn-Bochsler

Title: Diagnostic Pathologist
Phone: 608-270-2457

Education and/or Training

B.S. 1984 Brown University Biology
M.P.H. 1987 University of California, Berkeley Infectious Disease Epidemiology
D.V.M. 1992 University of California, Davis Veterinary Medicine

Areas of Specialization and or Research Interests

Wildlife Pathology
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Contaminants Research

Current USGS Research and Projects

Identifying pathogenicity a novel virus in common eiders.

Professional Experience

2002 – Present Diagnostic Pathologist, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison WI
1998 – 2002 Veterinary Medical Resident, Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Wildlife Disease Association
American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Selected Publications

Shearn-Bochsler V, Green DE, Converse KA, Docherty DE, Thiel T, Geisz HN, Fraser WR, Patterson-Fraser DL. Cutaneous and diphtheritic avian poxvirus infection in a nestling Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) from Antarctica. Polar Biol 2008. 31:569-573.

Meteyer CU, Buckles EL, Blehert DS, Hicks AC, Green DE, Shearn-Bochsler V, Thomas NJ, Gragas A, Behr MJ. Histopathologic criteria to confirm white-nose syndrome in bats. J Vet Diagn Invest 2009. 21:411-414

Olsen GH, Miller KJ, Docherty D.E, Shearn-Bochsler, VI, Sileo, L. Pathogenicity of West Nile virus and response to vaccination in Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) using a killed vaccine. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2009. 40(2):263-271.

Custer CM, Yang C, Crock JG, Shearn-Bochsler V, Smith KS, Hageman PL. Exposure of insects and insectivorous birds to metals and other elements from abandoned mine tailings in three Summit County drainages, Colorado. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2009. 153:161-177. doi:10.1007/s10661-008-0346-y

Sipiä, V. O., J. C. Franson, O. Sjövall, S. Pflugmacker, V. Shearn-Bochsler, T. E. Rocke, & J. A. O. Meriluoto. Exposure of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) to the hepatotoxic cyanobacterium Nodularia spumigena. Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry 2008, 90: 437-444.

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