Dr. DeLiberto graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology in 1984. Upon graduation, he worked as a technician for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. In 1987, he received an M.S. in wildlife management from Texas Tech University where he studied the nutritional ecology of white-tailed deer. From Texas, Tom traveled to Logan, UT, where he began a Ph.D. program at Utah State University studying bison. In 1997, he obtained his doctorate in Range Science and moved to Pullman, WA, to attend veterinary school. After receiving his DVM, Dr. DeLiberto began working with Wildlife Services’ National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) at the predation ecology and behavior field station in Logan, UT. In 2001, he became the Wildlife Disease Project Leader for NWRC and began researching rabies and bovine tuberculosis in wildlife.
Subsequently, Dr. DeLiberto served as the National Wildlife Disease Coordinator for Wildlife Services from 2003-2012. His duties included implementation of the National Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Emergency Response System (SERS). He was the chairperson for the interagency working group that developed the U.S. strategic plan: “An early detection system for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in wild migratory birds” and was on the writing team that developed the “National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats.”
Tom currently serves as an Assistant Director for the NWRC where he continues to coordinate Wildlife Services’ SERS and research projects on diseases, chemistry, and economics. Dr. DeLiberto also serves on the Interagency Wild Bird HPAI Steering Committee, the White-Nose Syndrome Executive and Steering Committees, the National Biosurveillance Working Group, and the Foreign Animal Disease Threats Wildlife Task Force. He represents Wildlife Services on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Animal Health Association and the Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Disease Working Group and on the Advisory Council for the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. Additionally, Dr. DeLiberto coordinates wildlife disease surveillance and capacity-building projects in China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Greenland, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, and the Ukraine.
Pedersen, K. S.N. Bevins, J.A. Baroch, J.C. Cumbee, Jr., S.C. Chandler, B.S. Woodruff, T.T. Bigelow, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2013. Pseudorabies in feral swine in the United States, 2009-2012. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(3): 709-713.
Walter, W.D., J.W. Fischer, C.W. Anderson, D.R. Marks, T. DeLiberto, W. Robbe-Austerman, K.C. VerCauteren. 2013. Surveillance and movements of Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in the bovine tuberculosis region of Michigan. Epidemiology and Infection 141: 1498-1503. doi: 10.1017/S0950268813000629.
Wang C, Y. Zhang, B. Wu, S. Liu, P. Xu, Y. Lu, J. Luo, D..L. Nolte, T.J. Deliberto, M .Duan H. Zhang, and H. He. 2013. Evolutionary characterization of the pandemic H1N1/2009 influenza virus in humans based on non-structural genes. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56201. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056201.
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