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Dr. Sarah Bevins


Contact Information:
Title: Research Biologist 
Address: 4101 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Telephone: 970-266-6211
Fax: 970-266-6138

PhD Colorado State University
BA College of the Atlantic

Current Research:
Wildlife disease surveillance across large spatial scales
Potential role of wildlife in the introduction of pathogens into crops
Wildlife-mediated movement of infectious diseases
The interplay of invasive species and emergent pathogens

International Experience:
Southeast Asia
Central America 

Dr. Bevins is a research biologist at the NWRC. Her research and publications primarily focus on infectious diseases that involve wildlife, domestic animals, and/or people. Previous work has also involved invasive species and emerging pathogens. She is also an affiliate at Colorado State University.

Selected Publications:


Bevins, S.N., M. Lutman, K. Pedersen, N. Barrett, T. Gidlewski, T.J. DeLiberto, and A.B. Franklin. 2018. Spillover of swine coronaviruses, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases 24(7):1390-1392. doi: 10.3201/eid2407.172077

Brown, V.R. and S.N. Bevins. 2018. A review of African swine fever and the potential for introduction into the United States and the possibility of subsequent establishment in feral swine and native ticks. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5:11. doi: 10.3389/fvets/2018.00011

Brown, V.R. and S.N. Bevins. 2018. A review of classical swine fever virus and routes of introduction into the United States and the potential for virus establishment. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5:31. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00031

Chandler, J.C., L.A. Baeten, D.L. Griffin, T. Gidlewski, T.J. DeLiberto, J.M. Petersen, R. Pappert, J.W. Young, and S.N. Bevins. 2018. A bead-based flow cytometric assay for monitoring Yersinia pestis exposure in wildlife. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 56(7):e00273-18. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00273-18

Kopanke, J.H., K.E. Horak, E. Musselman, C.A. Miller, K. Bennett, C.S. Olver, S.F. Volker, S. VandeWoude, and S.N. Bevins. 2018. Effects of low-level brodifacoum exposure on the feline immune response. Scientific Reports 8(1):8168. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-26558-3


Brown, V.R., and S.N. Bevins. 2017. A review of virulent Newcastle disease viruses in the United States and the role of wild birds in viral persistence and spread. Veterinary Research 48(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s13567-017-0475-9


Lewis, J.S., K.A. Logan, M.W. Alldredge, S. Carver, S.N. Bevins, M. Lappin, S. VandeWoude, and K.R. Crooks. 2017. The effects of demographic, social, and environmental characteristics on pathogen prevalence in wild felids across a gradient of urbanization. PLoS ONE 12(11):e0187035. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0187035


Bevins, S. 2016. Pathogen emergence in the age of pandemics. BioScience 66(5): 421-423. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw039

Bevins S, R Pappert, J Young, B Schmit, D Kohler, and L Baeten (2016) Effect of storage time and storage conditions on antibody detection in blood samples collected on filter paper. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52(3):478-483. doi: 10.7589/2015-09-242  


Bevins SN, RJ Dusek, CL White, T Gidlewski, B Bodenstein, KG Mansfield, P DeBruyn, D Kraege, E Rowan, C Gillin, B Thomas, S Chandler, J Baroch, B Schmit, MJ Grady, RS Miller, ML Drew, S Stopak, B Zscheile, J Bennett, J Sengl, C Brady, HS Ip, E Spackman, ML Killian, MK Torchetti, JM Sleeman, and TJ Deliberto (2016) Widespread detection of highly pathogenic H5 influenza viruses in wild birds from the Pacific Flyway of the United States. Scientific Reports 6:28980.  doi: 10.1038/srep288980   


Carver S, SN Bevins, MR Lappin, EE Boydston, LM Lyren, M Alldredge, KA Logan, LL Sweanor, SPD Riley, LEK Serieys, RN Fisher, T Winston Vickers, W Boyce, R McBride, MC Cunningham, M Jennings, J Lewis, T Lunn, KR Crooks, and S VandeWoude (2016) Pathogen exposure varies widely among sympatric populations of wild and domestic felids across the United States. Ecological Applications 26(2):367-381.  


Pedersen K, TD Anderson, SN Bevins, KL Pabilonia, PN Whitley, DR Virchow, and T. Gidlewski (2016) Evidence of leptospirosis in the kidneys and serum of feral swine (Sus scrofa) in the United States. Epidemiology and Infection 145:87-94.  doi: 10.1017/S0950268816002247  



Pedersen K, KL Pabilonia, TD Anderson, SN Bevins, CR Hicks, JM Kloft, and TJ Deliberto (2015) Widespread detection of antibodies to Leptospira in feral swine in the United States. Epidemiology and Infection 143:2131-2136.  doi: 10.1017/S0950266814003148.



Bevins, S. N., and A. B. Franklin. One health in action: Reducing feral swine damage and disease. One Health Newsletter 7(2):4-6. 

Bevins SN, K Pedersen, MW Lutman, JA Baroch, BS Schmit, D Kohler, T Gidlewski, DL Nolte, SR Swafford, and TJ DeLiberto (2014) Large-scale Avian Influenza surveillance in wild birds throughout the United States . PLoSOne 9(8): e104360. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104360.


Bevins SN, Pedersen K, Lutman M, Gidlewski T, Deliberto T (2014) Consequences associated with the recent range expansion of non-native feral swine. Bioscience. doi:10.1093/biosci/biu015


Bosco-Lauth, A., Harmon, J.R., Lash, R.R., Weiss, S., Langevin, S., Savage, H.M., Godsey Jr, M.S., Burkhalter, K., Root, J.J., Gidlewski, T. and Nicholson, W.L., 2014. West Nile virus isolated from a Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in northwestern Missouri, USA, 2012Journal of wildlife diseases50(4), pp.976-978. 

Lee JS, SN Bevins, LEK Serieys, W Vickers, KA Logan, M Aldredge, EE Boydston, LM Lyren, R McBride, M Roelke-Parker, J Pecon-Slattery, JL Troyer, SP Riley, WM Boyce, KR Crooks, and S VandeWoude (2014) Evolution of puma lentivirus in bobcats (Lynx rufus) and mountain lions (Puma concolor) in North America . Journal of Virology 88(14):7727-7737.  doi: 10.1128/JVI.00473-14.

Pedersen K, DR Marks, DM Arsnoe, SN Bevins, E Wang, SC Weaver, RM Mickley, and TJ DeLiberto (2014) Short Report: Antibody prevalence of select arboviruses in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) in the Great Lakes region and Atlantic coast of the United States. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 91(6):1247-1249.  doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0280.

Pedersen, K., C.R. Quance, S. Robbe-Austerman, A.J. Piaggio, S.N. Bevins, S.M. Goldstein, W.D. Gaston, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2014. Identification of Brucella suis from feral swine in selected states in the USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(2): 171-179. doi: 10.7589/2013-09-235.


Pedersen K, CR Quance, S Robbe-Austerman, AJ Piaggio, SN Bevins, SM Goldsetin, WD Gaston, TJ Deliberto (2014) Culture of Brucella suis from feral swine in select states in the US. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(2) 171-179, doi: 10.7589/2013-09-235

Tracey, J.A., S.N. Bevins, S. VandeWoude, and K.R. Crooks. 2014. An agent-based movement model to assess the impact of landscape fragmentation on disease transmission. Ecosphere 5(9):119. doi: 10.1890-ES13-00376.1


Bevins SN, Blizzard EL, Bazan LR, Whitley PN (2013) Neospora caninum exposure in overlapping populations of coyotes (Canis latrans) and feral swine (Sus scrofa). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(4) 1028-1032


Bevins SN, Carver  S, Boydston EE, Lyren L, Alldredge M, Logan KA, Riley SPD, Fisher RN, Vickers TW, Boyce W,  Lappin MR, Salman M, Crooks KR, VandeWoude S (2012) Three pathogens in sympatric populations of pumas, bobcats, and domestic cats: implications for disease transmission. PLoS One 7:e314


Lagana, D.M., J.S. Lee, J.S. Lewis, S. N. Bevins, S. Carver, L.L. Sweanor, R. McBride, C. McBride, K.R. Crooks, and S. VandeWoude. 2013. Characterization of regionally associated Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in Bobcats (Lynx rufus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(3):718-722.  doi: 10.7589/2012-10-243. 


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.  doi: 10.7589/2012-12-314.

Pedersen, K., Marks, D.R., Arsnoe, D.M., Afonso, C.L., Bevins, S.N., Miller, P.J., Randall, A.R. and DeLiberto, T.J., 2013. Avian paramyxovirus serotype 1 (Newcastle disease virus), avian influenza virus, and salmonella spp. in mute swans (Cygnus olor) in the great lakes region and Atlantic coast of the United States. Avian diseases58(1), pp.129-136. 


Carver S, AV Scorza, SN Bevins, SPD Riley, KR Crooks, S VandeWoude, MR Lappin (2012) Zoonotic parasites of bobcats around human landscapes. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 50(9) 3080-3083


Bevins SN, JA Baroch, DL Nolte, M Zhang, H He (2012) Yersinia pestis: examining wildlife plague surveillance in China and the United States. Integrative Zoology 7(1) 99-109


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