The one constant in my career has been the variety of projects I have had the good fortune to be involved with and the people I have been privileged to know. I love parasitology and most of my work has focused on the parasites of domestic livestock and a large variety of wildlife, including avian species as well as terrestrial and marine mammals. My career has spanned everything from student to professor, research scientist to teacher. I have worked in a variety of locations including Wyoming, Florida, Oregon, and Alaska and with parasitologists from around the world, including Canada, Australia, Argentina, South Africa and countries in Europe. While most of my career has been research based, I am now enjoying being a Professor with primarily teaching responsibilities in training the upcoming generation of veterinarians.
EducationDVM, Oregon State University (Washington State University), 1992MS, Oregon State University, 1989MS, University of Wyoming, 1982BS, University of Wyoming, 1980
American College of Veterinary MicrobiologistsDiplomate, Parasitology
European Veterinary Parasitology College
PublicationsBallweber LR, Xiao L, Bowman DD, Kahn G, Cama VA. 2010. Giardiasis in dogs and cats: Update on epidemiology and public health significance. Trends Parasitol. 26:180-189.Deem SL, Merkel J, Ballweber L, Vargas FH, Cruz MB, Parker PG. 2010. Exposure to Toxoplasma gondii in galapagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) and flightless cormorants (Phalacrocorax harris) in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. J Wildl Dis. 46:1005-1011.
Research SpecialtyMixed Animal (large and small)Wildlife/Zoo
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