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James G. Sikarskie

James SikarskieAssociate Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences


Research Interests:
Dr. Sikarskie's research is in the broad areas of wildlife toxicology and wildlife as environmental sentinels. His work in environmental toxicology includes using wildlife (especially bald eagles) as biomonitors of environmental quality while evaluating the impact of environmental change (contaminants, disease, habitat loss, etc.) on wildlife. Research interests continue in the area of wildlife as biomonitors and the veterinarian's role in wildlife management here in the U.S. and internationally. He has consulted in the area of remediation of contaminated sites and the use of wildlife as biomonitors to evaluate the success or impact of remediation or clean-up efforts. Under current development is a project on fish eating eagles of the genus Haliaeetus as indicators of environmental health as well as potential toxic exposure to humans eating fish from those same locations in the many areas around the world where these eagles exist. He is interested in veterinary medical means of managing wildlife such as use of vaccines and anthelmintics. He has a special interest in how the oral vaccines being developed to control Tuberculosis in the wildlife reservoir in New Zealand might have application in managing the TB problem in Kruger Park in South Africa and the problem in White-tailed Deer here in Michigan.

Educational Background:
Michigan State University, B.S., 1974, Veterinary Science  
Michigan State University, D.V.M., 1975 
Michigan State University , M.S., 1981, Population Dynamics and Wildlife Ecology

Selected Professional Activities:
Dr. Sikarskie was board certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Zoological Medicine in 1988. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Wildlife Disease Association.


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