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Kerri Pedersen

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Wildlife Disease


Kerri Pedersen is a wildlife disease biologist in the National Wildlife Disease Program.

Current Projects

  • Avian influenza surveillance
  • Feral swine disease surveillance
  • Swine brucellosis culturing
  • Improving the DART
  • Wildlife surveillance TB manual
  • Swan diseases in the Great Lakes region
  • Role of the National Wildlife Disease Program in wildlife disease surveillance


  • M.S., Ecology (Wildlife Focus), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • B.S., Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Contact Information

  • Address: Wildlife Services, NWRC, 4101 LaPorte Ave, Fort Collins, CO, 80521
  • Telephone: 970-266-6272
  • Fax: 970-266-6063
  • E-mail: Kerri.Pedersen@aphis.usda.gov

Recent Publications


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

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.


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.

Hill, D.E., J.P. Dubey, J.A. Baroch, S.R. Swafford, V.F. Fournet, D. Hawkins-Cooper, D.G. Pyburn, B.S. Schmit, H.R. Gamble, K. Pedersen, L.R. Ferreira, S.K. Verma, Y.Ying, O.C.H. Kwok, H. Feidas, and G. Theodoropoulos. 2014. Surveillance of feral swine for Trichinella spp. and Toxoplasma gondii in the USA and host-related factors associated with infection. Veterinary Parasitology 205:653-665. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.07.026.

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.

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.

Pepin, K.M., E. Spackman, J.D. Brown, K.L. Pabilonia, L.P. Garber, J.T. Weaver, D.A. Kennedy, K.A. Patyk, K.P. Huyvaert, R.S. Miller, A.B. Franklin, K. Pedersen, T.L. Bogich, P. Rohani, S.A. Shriner, C.T. Webb, and S. Riley. 2014. Using quantitative disease dynamics as a tool for guiding response to avian influenza in poultry in the United States of America. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 113(4): 376-397. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.11.011.

Musante, A.R., K.Pedersen, and P. Hall. 2014. First reports of pseudorabies and Winter Ticks (Dermacentor albipictus) associated with an emerging feral swine (Sus scrofa) population in New Hampshire. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(1) 131-134. doi: 10.75.89/2013-05-119.


Brown V.L., J.M. Drake, D.E.Stallknecht, J.D.Brown, K.Pedersen, and P. Rohani. 2013. Dissecting a wildlife disease hotspot: the impact of multiple host species, environmental transmission and seasonality in migration, breeding and mortality. J R Soc Interface 10:20120804. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0804.

Dubey, J.P., S. Choudhary, O.C.H. Kwok, L.R. Ferreira, S. Oliveira, S.K. Verma, D.R. Marks, K. Pedersen, R.M. Mickley, A.R. Randall, D. Arsnoe, and C. Su. 2013. Isolation and genetic characterization of Toxoplasma gondii from mute swan (Cygnus olor) from the USA. Veterinary Parasitology 195: 42-46.

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.

Pedersen, K., and Y. Nadler.  2013.  Pseudorabies (Aujeszky’s Disease). In Gamble, K. C. and Clancy, M. M., eds.  Infectious diseases of concern to captive and free ranging wildlife in North America. 2nd Edition.  American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Infectious Disease Committee. http://www.aazv.org/?page=IDM2013