Dr. Thomas J. Deliberto

Dr. Thomas J. Deliberto

 
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Dr. Thomas J. DeLiberto,   
NWRC Assistant Director


Dr. DeLiberto 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.


National Wildlife Disease Program


Current Research

  • Feral swine diseases
  • Influenza
  • Avian diseases
  • White-nose syndrome
  • Bovine tuberculosis
  • One Health
 

Education 

  • DVM, Washington State University
  • Ph.D., Range Science, Utah State University
  • M.S., Wildlife Management, Texas Tech University
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University
 

International Experience

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Russia
  • Denmark
  • Greenland
  • South Africa


Contact Information

 

Recent Publications

Bevins, S. N., R. J. Dusek, C. L. White, T. Gidlewski, B. Bodenstein, K. G. Mansfield, P. DeBruyn, D. Kraege, E. Rowan, C. Gillin, B. Thomas, S. Chandler, J. Baroch, B. Schmit, M. J. Grady, R. S. Miller, M. L. Drew, S. Stopak, B. Zscheile, J. Bennett, J. Sengl, C. Brady, H. S. Ip, E. Spackman, M. L. Killian, M. K. Torchetti, J. M. Sleeman, and T. J. 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   

Lee, D-H., J. Bahl, M.K. Torchetti, M.L. Killian, H.S. Ip, T.J. DeLiberto, and D.E. Swayne. 2016. Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses and generation of novel reassortants, United States, 2014-2015.  Emerging Infectious Diseases 22(7): 1283-1285.  doi: 10.3201/eid2207.160048  

Ip, H.S., R.J. Dusek, B. Bodenstein, M.K. Torchetti, P. DeBruyn, K.G. Mansfield, T. DeLiberto, and J.M. Sleeman. 2016. High rates of detection of clade 2.3.4.4 highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 viruses in wild birds in the Pacific Northwest during the winter of 2014-15. Avian Diseases 60(1):354-358.  doi:10.1637/11137-050815-Reg  

Killian, M.L., M. Kim-Torchetti, N. Hines, S. Yingst, T. DeLiberto, and D-H. Lee. 2016. Outbreak of H7N8 low pathogenic avian influenza in commercial turkeys with spontaneous mutation to highly pathogenic avian influenza. Genome Announcements 4(3): e00457-16.  doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00457-16   

Xu, Y., E. Bailey, E. Spackman, T. Li, H. Wang, L-P. Long, J.A. Baroch, F.L. Cunningham, X. Lin, R.G. Jarman, T.J. DeLiberto, and X-F. Wan. 2016. Limited antigenic diversity in contemporary H7 avian-origin influenza A viruses from North America. Scientific Reports 6:20688.   doi:  10.1038/srep20688  

Arriola, C.S., D.I. Nelson, T.J. Deliberto, L. Blanton, K. Kniss, M.Z. Levine, S.C. Trock, L. Finelli, M.A. Jhung, and the H5 Investigation Group. 2015. Infection risk for persons exposed to highly pathogenic avian influenza A H5 virus-infected birds, United States, December 2014-March 2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases 21(12):2135-2140.   doi: 10.3201/eid2112.150904  

Sun, H., F.L. Cunningham, J. Harris, Y. Xu, L-P. Long, K. Hanson-Dorr, J.A. Baroch, P. Fioranelli, M.W. Lutman, T. Li, K. Pedersen, B.S. Schmit, J. Cooley, X. Lin,  R.G. Jarman, T.J. Deliberto, X-F. Wan. 2015. Dynamics of virus shedding and antibody responses in influenza A virus-infected feral swine. Journal of General Virology 96(9):2569-2578.  doi:10.1099/jgv.0.000225

Carlson, J.C., D.R. Hyatt, J.W. Ellis, D.R. Pipkin, A.M. Mangan, M. Russell, D.S. Bolte, R.M. Engeman, T.J. Deliberto, and G.M. Linz.  2015. Selected highlights from other journals: Mechanical transmission of antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella enterica by starlings to livestock feeding systems. Veterinary Record: 177(13): 341.   doi: 10.1136/vr.h5182

Carlson, J.C., D.R. Hyatt, J.W. Ellis, D.R. Pipkin, A.M. Mangan, M. Russell, D.S. Bolte, R.M. Engeman, T.J. DeLiberto, and G.M. Linz. 2015. Mechanisms of antimicrobial resistant Salmonella enterica transmission associated with starling-livestock interactions. Veterinary Microbiology 179:60-68.  doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.04.009

Kistler, W.M., D.E. Stallknecht, T.J. DeLiberto, K. Van Why, and M.J. Yabsley. 2015. Subtype-specific influenza A virus antibodies in Canada geese (Branta canadensis). Veterinary Microbiology 177:296-301.   doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.03.021

Nallar, R., Z. Papp, T. Epp, F.A. Leighton, S.R. Swafford, T.J. DeLiberto, R.J. Dusek, H.S. Ip, J. Hall, Y. Berhane, S.E.J. Gibbs, and C. Soos. 2015. Demographic and spatiotemporal patterns of avian influenza infection at the continental scale, and in relation to annual life cycle of a migratory host. PloS One 10(6):e0130662.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130662

Ip, H.S., M.K. Torchetti, R. Crespo, P. Kohrs, P. DeBruyn, K.G. Mansfield, T. Baszler, L. Badcoe, B. Bodenstein, V.Shearn-Bochsler, M.L. Killian, J.C. Pedersen, N. Hines, T. Gidlewski, T.Deliberto, and J.M. Sleeman. 2015. Novel Eurasian highly pathogenic avian influenza A H5 viruses in wild birds, Washington, USA, 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases 21(5):886-890.  doi: 10.3201/eid2105.142020

Kistler, W.M., D.E. Stallknecht, C. Lebarbenchon, K. Pedersen, D.R. Marks, R. Mickley, T.J. DeLiberto, and M.J. Yabsley. 2015. Influenza A virus H5-specific antibodies in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) in the USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(2):523-526. doi: 10.7589/2014-08-192

Pedersen, K., K.L. Pabilonia, T.D. Anderson, S.N. Bevins, C.R. Hicks, J.M. Kloft, and T.J. 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.

Algeo, T.P., R.B. Chipman, D. Slate, J.E. Freier, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2014. Predicted wildlife disease-related climate change impacts of specific concern to USDA APHIS Wildlife Services. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:210-315.  

Pedersen, K., D.R. Marks, D.M. Arsnoe, S.N. Bevins, E. Wang, S.C. Weaver, R. M. Mickley, and T.J. 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.

Bevins, S.N., K. Pedersen, M.W. Lutman, J.A. Baroch, B.S. Schmit, D. Kohler, T. Gidlewski, D.L. Nolte, S.R. Swafford, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2014. Large-scale Avian Influenza surveillance in wild birds throughout the United States. PLoSOne 9(8): e104360. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104360.

Scotch, M., Lam, T.T-Y., K.L. Pabilonia, T. Anderson, J. Baroch, D. Kohler, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2014. Diffusion of influenza viruses among migratory birds with a focus on the Southwest United States. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 26:185-193. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2014.05.029.

Feng, Z., J.A. Baroch, L.-P. Long, Y. Xu., F.L. Cunningham, K. Pedersen, M.W. Lutman, B.S. Schmit, A.S. Bowman, T.J. DeLiberto, and X.-F. Wan. 2014. Influenza A Subtype H3 viruses in feral swine, United States, 2011-2012. Emerging Infectious Diseases 20(5): 843-846. doi: 10.3201/eid2005.131578.

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.

Bevins, S.N., K. Pedersen, M.W. Lutman, T. Gidlewski, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2014.  Consequences associated with the recent range expansion of nonnative feral swine. BioScience Online 64(4): 291-299.  doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu015.

Pedersen, K., D.R. Marks, D.M. Arsnoe, C.L. Afonso, S.N. Bevins, P.J. Miller, A.R. Randall, and T.J. DeLiberto. 2014.  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 Diseases 58(1): 129-136.  doi: 10.1637/10638-081413-Reg.1.

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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