Root, Jeff

Dr. J. Jeffrey Root

 


Dr. J. Jeffrey Root is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the National Wildlife Research Center.  Dr. Root' s research focuses on a variety of wildlife-associated pathogens at the local, national, and international levels.

NWRC Research Project: National Wildlife Disease Program

Current Research

  • Wildlife viruses
  • AMR bacteria


Education

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • M.S., Texas Tech University
  • B.S., The University of Montana


International Experience

Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific

  • China (avian influenza)
  • Ghana (monkeypox virus)
  • Bangladesh (rodent control)

 

Contact Information

  • Address: USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, NWRC, 4101 LaPorte Ave., Fort Collins, CO, 80521
  • Telephone: 970-266-6050
  • E-mail: Jeff.Root@aphis.usda.gov

 

Selected Publications:

2017

Ellis, J.W., S.A. Shriner, H.E. McLean, L. Petersen, and J.J. Root. 2017. Inventory of wildlife use of mortality pits as feeding sites: implications of pathogen exposure. Human-Wildlife Interactions 11(1):8-18. doi: digitalcommons.usu.edu/hwi/vol11/iss1/4

Root, J.J., S.A. Shriner, J.W. Ellis, K.K. VanDalen, and A.B. Franklin. 2017. Transmission of H6N2 wild bird-origin influenza A virus among multiple bird species in a stacked-cage setting. Archives of Virology 162(9):2617-2624. doi: 10.1007/s00705-017-3397-y

2016

Shriner, S.A., J.J. Root, M.W. Lutman, J.M. Kloft, K.K. VanDalen, H.J. Sullivan, T.S. White, M.P. Milleson, J.L. Hairston, S.C. Chandler, P.C. Wolf, C.T. Turnage, B.J. McCluskey, A.L. Vincent, M.K. Torchetti, T. Gidlewski, and T.J.DeLiberto. 2016. Surveillance for highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus in synanthropic wildlife associated with poultry farms during an acute outbreak. Scientific reports 6:36237.  doi: 10.1038/srep36237  

Bosco-Lauth, A.M., A.E. Calvert, J.J. Root, T. Gidlewski, B.H. Bird, R.A. Bowen, A. Muehlenbachs, S.R. Zaki, and A.C. Brault. 2016. Vertebrate host susceptibility to heartland virus. Emerging Infectious Diseases 22(12):2070-2077.  doi: 10.3201/eid2212.160472  

Bosco-Lauth, A.M., R.A. Bowen, and J.J. Root. 2016. Limited transmission of emergent H7N9 influenza A virus in a simulated live animal market: Do chickens pose the principal transmission threat? Virology 495:161-165.  doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2016/04.032  

Shriner, S.A., J.J. Root, N.L. Mooers, J.W. Ellis, S.R. Stopak, H.J. Sullivan, K.K. VanDalen, and A.B. Franklin. 2016. Susceptibility of rock doves to low-pathogenic avian influenza A viruses. Archives of Virology 161:715-720.   doi:  10.1007/s00705-015-2685-7  

Shriner, S.A., K.K. VanDalen, J.J.Root, and H.J. Sullivan. 2016. Evaluation and optimization of a commercial blocking ELISA for detecting antibodies to influenza A virus for research and surveillance of mallards. Journal of Virological Methods 226:130-134.  doi: 10.1016/jviromet.2015.11.021

2015

Root, J.J., A.M. Bosco-Lauth, H. Bielefeldt-Ohmann, and R.A. Bowen. 2015. Experimental infection of peridomestic mammals with emergent H7N9 (A/Anhui/1/2013) influenza A virus: Implications for biosecurity and wet markets. Virology 487:242-248.  doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2015.10.020

Root, J.J., S.A. Shriner, J.W. Ellis, K.K. VanDalen, H.J. Sullivan, and A.B. Franklin. 2015. When fur and feather occur together: Interclass transmission of avian influenza A virus from mammals to birds through common resources. Scientific Reports 5:14354.  doi: 10.1038/srep14354

Bosco-Lauth, A.M., N.A. Panella, J.J. Root, T. Gidlewski, R.R. Lash, J.R. Harmon, K.L. Burkhalter, M.S. Godsey, H.M. Savage, W.L. Nicholson, N. Komar, and A.C. Brault. 2015. Serological investigation of Heartland virus (Bunyaviridae: Phlebovirus) exposure in wild and domestic animals adjacent to human case sites in Missouri 2012-2013. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 92(6):1163-1167.  doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0702

2014

Root, J.J., S.A. Shriner, K.T. Bentler, T. Gidlewski, N.L. Mooers, J.W. Ellis, T.R. Spraker, K.K. VanDalen, H.J. Sullivan, and A.B. Franklin. 2014. Shedding of a low pathogenic Avian Influenza virus in a common synanthropic mammal - the cottontail rabbit . PLoSOne 9(8): e102513. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102513.

Root, J.J., K.T. Bentler, S.A. Shriner, N.L. Mooers, K.K. VanDalen, H.J. Sullivan, and A.B. Franklin. 2014. Ecological routes of Avian Influenza virus transmission to a common mesopredator: An experimental evaluation of alternatives . PLoSONE 9(8): e102964. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102964.

Root, J.J., S.A. Shriner, K.T. Bentler, T. Gidlewski, N.L. Mooers, J.W. Ellis, T.R. Spraker, K.K. VanDalen, H.J. Sullivan, A.B. Franklin. 2014. Extended viral shedding of a low pathogenic avian influenza virus by striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis). PLoS ONE 9(1): e70639. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070639.

2013

Root, J.J., M.W. Hopken, T. Gidlewski, A.J. Piaggio. 2013. Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus infection in a desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) from Colorado, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(4): 1060-1062. doi: 10.7589/2013-02-033.

Root J.J. 2013. West Nile virus associations in wild mammals: a synthesis. Archives of Virology: 158(4): 735-752. DOI: 10.1007/s00705-012-1516-3.

Franklin A.B., K.C. VerCauteren, H. Maguire, M.K. Cichon, J.W. Fischer, M.J. Lavelle, A. Powell, J.J. Root, E. Scallan. 2013. Wild Ungulates as Disseminators of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Urban Areas. PLoS ONE 8(12):e81512 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081512.

Oesterle, P.T., K.P. Huyvaert, D. Orahood, N. Mooers, H. Sullivan, A.B. Franklin, and J.J. Root. 2013. Failure of transmission of low-pathogenic avian influenza virus between mallards and freshwater snails: an experimental evaluation. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(4): 911-919. doi: 10.7589/2012-04-111.

Ofula, V.O., A.B. Franklin, J.J. Root, H.J. Sullivan, P. Gichuki, A. Makio, W. Bulimo, B.O. Abong'o, M. Muchai, and D. Schnabel. 2013. Detection of avian influenza viruses in wild waterbirds in the Rift Valley of Kenya using fecal sampling. Vector-Borne and Zoonnotic Diseases 13(6): 394-400. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2011.0926.

Root, J.J., M.W. Hopken, T. Gidlewski, A.J. Piaggio. 2013. Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus infection in a desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) from Colorado, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(4): 1060-1062. doi: 10.7589/2013-02-033.

Root J.J. 2013. West Nile virus associations in wild mammals: a synthesis. Archives of Virology: 158(4): 735-752. DOI: 10.1007/s00705-012-1516-3.


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