Research

NWDC staff and participating diagnostic labs collaborate with state and federal wildlife agencies to conserve wildlife populations through disease surveillance. The projects described below focus on the health of species of special concern, species that are iconic to the region, or diseases that threaten native wildlife and, in some cases, domestic species as well. Most of our projects are regional in scope, involving multiple states and partners.




Common Eider on the water
Cyclic mass mortality events of Common Eiders at Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Since 1998, cyclic mortality events in common eiders (Somateria mollissima) have been documented along the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

Canada Lynx close up
Canada Lynx in Maine: Disease Surveillance Study

Canada lynx live in moist boreal forest areas in the U.S. and Canada. Due to the patchiness of boreal forest in the U.S., there is a lower density of lynx compared to that of lynx populations in the forests of Canada.

White-tailed deer
Development of a live animal serological ELISA assay for detection and surveillance of brain worm in cervids

With funding from member states, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, NWDC administration and participating lab, Cornell University, are working with Dr.

Canine Distemper Virus in the Northeast

In March of 2016, two fishers, two gray foxes, and a striped skunk, found in Vermont and New Hampshire, were diagnosed with canine distemper virus (CDV).

Porcupine dermatophytosis

Of 44 wild or captive porcupine biopsy or necropsy submissions to the NHVDL from 2010-2017, 28 had significant dermatologic lesions; 12 of these were positive by culture or histopathology for dermatophytes (ring worm).