Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine: Faculty and Staff

CCM Faculty and Staff

Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, BVM, MA, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Tufts University liaison for the USAID/RESPOND West Congo Basin region

Dr. Amuguni trained as a veterinarian at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She went on to earn a Masters degree in International Development with a focus on participatory development and gender from Clark University, and a PhD in Infectious Diseases from Tufts University. Dr. Amuguni has worked previously as a veterinarian, community development specialist and gender consultant in the horn of Africa mostly with pastoralist communities. Most of her work involved developing gender sensitive livestock training materials and programs for men and women at grass root level, providing training and capacity building for animal health specialists at both policy and implementation levels and using participatory rural approaches to assist communities form effective alliances, build partnerships and identify solutions to their problems. She has worked and consulted for various organizations including Food for the Hungry International, Heifer Project International, Veterinarians without Borders (VSF-B) under the umbrella of the UN-Operation Lifeline Sudan, SNV Netherlands Development Organization and AU/IBAR. email Dr. Amuguni

CCM Faculty and Staff

Julie C. Ellis, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, SEANET Program Director
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ellis is an ecologist who conducts research on coastal and island ecology, seabird conservation, and infectious diseases and pathogens in wildlife. Julie also directs SEANET (SEANET), a long-term collaborative effort to monitor mortality and assess threats to populations of seabirds in the eastern US and Atlantic Canada. Faculty Profile
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Amy Gantt

Amy Gantt, MA
Director, Office of Proposal Development, Office of the Vice Provost
Tufts University

Amy Gantt has worked for the Office of the Vice Provost as a grant writer since 2004, and is currently the Director of the Office of Proposal Development (OPD). She collaborates with Tufts faculty on the development and writing of compelling and competitive grant proposals of all sizes and in fields ranging from humanities to biomedical sciences, and she works with faculty to develop and refine strategies for managing the creation and submission of large, multidisciplinary grants. One of Ms. Gantt's interests is education on grantsmanship, and she has developed a number of workshops and other educational resources for faculty, staff and graduate students. She holds a Master’s degree in English with a concentration in Sociolinguistics, and before working for Tufts, she taught writing at a variety of institutions. email Amy Gantt
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David Gute

David M. Gute, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts University School of Engineering

Dr. Gute's research interests are found at the intersection of public health and engineering. His current projects span the identification and control of occupational health risks among immigrant populations in Somerville, Mass. to the primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the eastern region of Ghana. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine as well as at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Gute directs Tufts’ M.S./Ph.D. program in Environmental Health. He is interested and committed to offering environmental and public health training in a variety of settings including international venues. Faculty Profile
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Becky Harris

Rebecca Harris, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Population Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Dr. Harris served as the Director of Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program through March 2011. She is currently an Associate with Sanford Cohen & Associates, an environmental consulting firm. In her role at Mass Audubon, Harris oversaw monitoring, management, and protection of threatened beach nesting birds and their habitats at over 100 sites throughout southeastern MA. Before arriving at Mass Audubon in June of 2006, she held a research faculty appointment at Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, directing the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) which she founded in 2002. She has taught Conservation Biology and Fundamentals of Biology at Tufts University (Department of Biology) and Animal Behavior at Bentley University. She worked for the National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Project (Project Puffin) on islands off the coast of Maine for three years, and her combined experience on Atlantic coast seabirds, shorebirds, and terns spans 12 years. She has been awarded and managed over $2 million in federal, state, municipal, private, and foundation grants and contracts. She was elected to the International Waterbird Society Council (2008-2010), The Nuttall Ornithological Society (2010), is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Goldenrod Foundation (2011) and on the Board of Directors of Friends of Ellisville Marsh (2011), and has served on the board of the New England Society for Conservation Biology. email Dr. Harris
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Gretchen Kaufman, DVM
Director, TuftsCCM; Assistant Professor, Wildlife and International Veterinary Medicine
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Director of TuftsCCM, Dr. Kaufman primarily focuses on Conservation Medicine curriculum development. She helps build environmental and conservation issues into the traditional veterinary program both within Tufts and in the wider veterinary education community. Her international teaching and research efforts are centered on collaborations with institutional partners in Nepal . As Chair of the Greening the Grafton Campus Committee, she works with others to promote environmental responsibility on our campus. Faculty Profile
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Stephen Levine

Stephen H. Levine, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts University School of Engineering

Dr. Levine’s research interests involve the applications of mathematical and computer models to environmental, ecological, economic, and engineering systems. Much of this falls within the new field of Industrial Ecology. His present research areas include the use of economic input-output models in analyzing the flows of resources and products in industrial systems and the use of computer simulation to evaluate alternative policies for controlling feral cat populations. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Joannn Lindenmayer, DVM MPH
Associate Professor, Public and Population Health
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lindenmayer serves as liaison for the Combined MPH (CMPH) degree program from the Grafton campus. In her teaching and research Dr. Lindenmayer promotes the concept of One Health, which recognizes the interdependence of human and nonhuman populations. Dr. Lindenmayer’s work focuses on integrating animal and human population health in the academic environment and in public health research and practice. She is active in Tufts Global Health Initiative through her work on Curriculum Co-Development with the University Of Nairobi School Of Veterinary Medicine and with colleagues at Tufts Institute for Global Leadership on issues related to the role of animals in maintaining and restoring resilience. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Maureen Murray, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian
Staff Veterinarian, Clinical Assistant Professor
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Maureen Murray is a 2003 graduate of Tufts Veterinary School. She is currently doing research on rodenticide poisoning in birds of prey at the Clinic. She also has a strong interest in turtle medicine and conservation and avian orthopedics.
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Stephen Levine

Elena Naumova, PhD
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts University School of Engineering

Dr. Naumova's area of expertise is in modeling of transient processes with application in environmental epidemiology, infectious diseases, and public health. She applied her theoretical work to studies of infections sensitive to climate variations and extreme weather events. Her research activities span a broad range of research programs in emerging and re-emerging diseases, molecular biology, immunogenetics, nutrition and growth. Dr. Naumova is participating in a number of international projects collaborating with epidemiologists, immunologists, and public health professionals in India, Kenya, Ecuador, Japan, Canada, UK, and Russia. Dr. Naumova is also the Director of Tufts Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID), and is an Adjunct Professor at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Mark Pokras, DVM
Associate Professor, Wildlife Clinic
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

One of the founders of Tufts TCCM, Dr. Pokras has served as director of both TCCM and the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. He regularly consults for a variety of private, state and federal wildlife and environmental agencies on issues of environmental health and policy. His interests include the medicine and surgery of native wildlife, aquatic birds as indicators of environmental health, allometric scaling, and conservation biology. His research has focused on studying mortality factors in common loons, and is widely recognized for his work on lead poisoning. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff Michael Reed, PhD
Professor, Conservation Biology, Dept. of Biology
Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Reed works primarily on risk evaluation for species in fragmented and declining habitat. His work focuses on the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on extinction risk and population viability, and on the importance of animal behavior in extinction risk and conservation. He teaches environmental biology, conservation biology, and advises PhD students on their research. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Alison Robbins, MS, DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor , Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Robbins has worked as a field research wildlife health veterinarian for the last 17 years. She co-directed the Massachusetts oral rabies vaccination program, a large scale wildlife vaccination program that prevented rabies spread on Cape Cod. Her current research includes White-Nose Syndrome in bats, amphibian chytrid fungal disease, wildlife and zoonotic disease epidemiology, surveillance and control in free-ranging populations. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Allen Rutberg, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Center for Animals and Public Policy
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

A behavioral ecologist and urban wildlife specialist, Dr. Rutberg evaluates wildlife management practices and focuses primarily on white-tailed deer ecology and conflicts. He researches fertility management and contraception to manage deer and wild horse populations, while investigating Lyme disease control and extending his contraception work to other countries. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Patrick Skelly, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Infectious Diseases
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Skelly’s areas of expertise include parasitology and molecular and cellular helminthology. His current research involves investigations of parasitic platyhelminth (schistosome) genomics and host-parasite interactions. Dr. Skelly’s work uses RNA interference (RNAi) to selectively silence schistosome gene expression. His lab is characterizing the molecular and cellular biology of the schistosome surface to identify and characterize host-interactive parasite surface molecules with a view to testing them as vaccine candidates and drug targets. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Flo Tseng, DVM
Director, Wildlife Clinic; Assistant Professor
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

As a wildlife clinician, Dr. Tseng instructs Tufts fourth year veterinary students during their rotations at the wildlife clinic. Her expertise lies in seabird rehabilitation and the effects of petroleum on these species. She heads TuftsCCM's Seabird Initiative, which has established SEANET, a regional seabird population and mortality monitoring program. Faculty Profile
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Sarah Courchesne, DVM
SEANET Project Coordinator
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Courchesne received her DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. During veterinary school she focused on avian and exotic medicine and pathology through externships at the Bronx Zoo in New York, Zoo New England, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood’s Hole. Dr. Courchesne is currently Project Coordinator for the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) at the Cummings School. She performs over 100 seabird necropsies per year. She also participates in teaching both veterinary students and undergraduates. Her research interests include seabird disease and marine contaminants. email Sarah
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Karen Donahue, CVT
Wildlife Technician
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Karen began as an intern for the clinic during her senior year at Mount Ida College in 2004. This internship turned into a career at the clinic as a wildlife technician. She graduated from Mount Ida College where she obtained a bachelor degree in animal science. Along with being a certified veterinary technician, Karen has been a registered pharmacist in Massachusetts since 1981. Animals have always been her passion and were the primary motive behind her career change. Her hobbies include silversmithing, traveling, spending time with her family, and taking care of her menagerie of pets. email Karen
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CCM Faculty and Staff

Robin Shearer
Wildlife Program Assistant
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Robin is the voice of the Wildlife Clinic. She arrived in October of 1998 and has become an invaluable member of our team. Robin is the first person you see upon entering the building and the voice you hear at the other end of the phone when you call the Clinic. She solves all sorts of animal problems for the many callers we hear from daily. Before accepting the Wildlife position, Robin worked as an anesthesia technician, but wanted new challenges and saner hours so she could spend more time with family, two and four footed. We couldn't function without her! email Robin
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