Wildlife Damage Management
Kaci VanDalen is a biologist in the Ecology of Emerging Viruses and Bacterial Diseases project at the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). She has held this position since 2004. In her work with wildlife diseases, Ms. VanDalen has assisted in pathogen surveillance studies and outbreak investigations. She has also conducted multiple laboratory studies and experimental infection investigations in BSL-3 and BSL-2 facilities. She has worked with a variety of host species from house finches to waterfowl to American alligators and a number of wildlife pathogens including Mycoplasma gallisepticum, West Nile virus, and influenza viruses.
Zoonotic diseases, virology, microbiology, virus ecology
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
Passerines, waterfowl, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians
Fry, T., Van Dalen K., Hurley J., Nash P. 2012. Mucosal adjuvants to improve wildlife rabies vaccination. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48:1042-6. DOI: 10.7589/2011-11-331.
Pepin, K. M., K. K. Vandalen, N. L. Mooers, J. W. Ellis, H. J. Sullivan, J. J. Root, C. T. Webb, A. B. Franklin, and S. A. Shriner. 2012. Quantification of heterosubtypic immunity between avian influenza subtypes H3N8 and H4N6 in multiple avian host species. Journal of General Virology 2012., 93, 2575–2583.
Piaggio, A.J., Shriner, S.A., VanDalen, K.K., Franklin, A.B., Anderson., T.D., et al. 2012. Molecular surveillance of low pathogenic avian influenza viruses in wild birds across the United States: inferences from the hemagglutinin gene. PLoS ONE 7(12): e50834. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050834
Shriner, S.A., K.K. VanDalen, N.L. Mooers, J.W. Ellis, H.J. Sullivan, J.J. Root, A.M. Pelzel, and A.B. Franklin. 2012. Low-pathogenic avian influenza viruses in wild house mice. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39206.
Franklin, A. B., K. K. Vandalen, and K. Huyvaert. 2011. Avian influenza virus in aquatic environments--an ecological perspective. Pages 59-72 in S. K. Majumdar, F. J. Brenner, J. E. Huffman, R. G. McLean, A. I. Panah, P. J. F. Pietrobon, S. P. Keeler,and S. E. Shive, editors. Pandemic influenza viruses: science, surveillance and public health. Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Easton, Pennsylvania.
Vandalen, K. K., A. B. Franklin, N. L. Mooers, H. J. Sullivan, and S. A. Shriner. 2010. Shedding light on avian influenza H4N6 infection in mallards: modes of transmission and implications for surveillance. PLOS One Online
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