Department of Pathology
Anatomic Pathology, Associate Professor

Avian Pathology | Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases | Wildlife & Exotic Animal Diseases


Research Interests

  • Effects of anthropogenic environmental change on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease
  • Theoretical and applied ecology of infectious diseases, particularly multi-host vector borne pathogens
  • Chagas disease ecology
  • Pathology and ecology of wildlife diseases; effects of parasites/pathogens on wildlife population dynamics
  • Diseases of Neotropical wildlife
  • Wildlife pathology and disease ecology
  • Holistic studies of zoonotic diseases: incorporating ecological, evolutionary, economic, and social approaches to understand, predict, and prevent transmission

Educational Background

  • BA (1989), Biology, Colgate University
  • DVM (1993), Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • MS (1996), Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
  • Residency (1999), Wildlife and Zoo Pathology, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo
  • PhD (2009), Ecology, Odum School of Ecology, The University of Georgia
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Selected Publications

  • Mejia-Fava J, Divers SJ, Jiménez DA, Ambrose DL, Rech R, Gottdenker NL, Mayer J. Diagnosis and treatment of proventricular nematodiasis in an umbrella cockatoo(Cacatua alba). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013 Apr 15;242(8):1122-6. 
  • Hwang, J and N Gottdenker. Identification of zoonotic Bartonella spp. in raccoon (Procyon lotor) populations from an urbanized barrier island.In Press Emerging Infectious Diseases.
  • Chaves LF, JE Calzada, C Rigg, A. Valderrama, NL Gottdenker, A Saldana. Leishmaniasis sand fly vector density reduction is less marked in precarious housing after insecticide thermal fogging. Accepted,  Parasites & Vectors.
  • Gottdenker, N.L., L.F. Chaves, J.E. Calzada, A. Saldana, A.M. Santamaria, V. Pineda, and C. R. Carroll.  2012. Host life history strategy, species diversity and habitat influence Trypanosoma cruzi vector infection in changing landscapes. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases 6(11):e1884.
  • Ellis A.E., E. Mackey, A. Moore, S. J. Divers, P.Hensel K.Paige Carmichael, P.Accola, J.Brown, N. Gottdenker, M.K. Keel,  2012. Besnoitiosis in four Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(2):367-74.
  • Gottdenker, N.L., R. Gerhold, A. Cartoceti, M. Kevin Keel, J.P. Goltz and E.Howerth. 2012, Reports of Oligodendrogliomas in the Central Nervous System of the White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 24(1):202-6
  • Rabinovich, J.E., U.D. Kitron,Y. Obed, M. Yoshioka, N. Gottdenker and L.F. Chaves. 2011. Ecological patterns of blood feeding by kissing-bugs (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae). Mem Inst Ozwaldo Cruz 106(4): 479-94.
  • Gottdenker, N.L., J. E. Calzada, A. Saldana, and C. Ronald Carroll. 2011. Association of Anthropogenic Land Use Change and Increased Abundance of the Chagas Disease Vector Rhodnius pallescens in a Rural Landscape of Panama. Am J. Trop Med Hyg 84(1): 70-77.
  • Pineda, V., A. Saldana, I. Monfante, A.M. Santamaria, N. L. Gottdenker , M.J. Yabsley, G. Rapoport, J.E. Calzada. 2011. Prevalence of Trypanosome infections in dogs from Chagas disease endemic regions in Panama, Central America. Veterinary Parasitology 178(3-4): 360-363.
  • Hernandez-Divers, S.A., D. G. Gammons, N. L. Gottdenker, M. T. Mengak, L. Michael Conner, S.J. Hernandez-Divers. 2010. Technique, safety and efficacy for intraabdominal transmitters in nine-banded armadillos. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(1): 174-180.
  • Gottdenker, N.L., T. Walsh, G. Jiménez-Uzcategui, F. Betancourt, M. Cruz, C. Soos, R.Eric Miller, and P.G. Parker. 2008. Causes of Mortality of Wild Birds Submitted to the Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz, Gallapagos, Ecuador from 2002-2004. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44: 1024-1031.
  • Soos, C., L. Padilla, A. Iglesias, N. Gottdenker, M. Cruz, A. Rios, and P. Parker. 2008. Comparison of pathogens in broiler and backyard chickens on the Gallapagos Islands: implications for transmission to wildlife. The Auk 125(2): 445-455.
  • Merkel, J., H. Jones, N. Whiteman, N. Gottdenker, H. Vargas, E. Travis, E. Miller, P. Parker. 2007.  Morphology, preliminary genotyping, seasonal prevalence and intensity of microfilariae in Galapagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) and Flightless cormorants (Phalacrocorax harrisi). Journal of Parasitology 93(3):495-503.
  • Travis E.K., F.H. Vargas, J. Merkel, N. Gottdenker, R.E. Miller, and P.G. Parker. 2006.Hematology, serum chemistry, and serology of Galapagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42(3):625-32. 
  • Travis E.K., F.H. Vargas, J. Merkel, N. Gottdenker, R.E. Miller, and P.G. Parker. 2006. Hematology, plasma chemistry, and serology of the flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42(1): 133-41.
  • Gottdenker N.L., T. Walsh, H.  Vargas, M. Duncan, J. Merkel, G. Jiménez U, R. E. Miller, M. Dailey, and Patricia Parker. 2005. Assessing the Risks of Introduced Chickens and their Pathogens to Native Birds in the Gallapagos Archipelago. Biological Conservation 126: 429-493.
  • Ellis, A., D.J., A.B. Allison, S.E. Gibbs, N.L. Gottdenker, D.E. Stallknecht DE, and E.W. Howerth. 2005. Comparison of immunohistochemistry and virus isolation for diagnosis of West Nile Virus. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.  43(6):2904-2908.
  • Allison, A., N. Gottdenker, and D. Mead. 2005. Wintering of Neurotropic Velogenic Newcastle Disease Virus and West Nile Virus in Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) from the Florida Keys. Avian Diseases 49(2): 92-297. 
  • Gottdenker, N.L. E. W. Howerth, D.G. Mead. 2003. Natural Infection of a Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) with Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(3): 702-706. 
  • Yabsley, M.J., N. L. Gottdenker, and J.R. Fischer. 2002. Description of a new Eimeria sp. and associated lesions in the kidneys of Double Breasted Cormorants.  Journal of Parasitology, 88(6): 1230-3. 
  • Additional publications by Dr. Gottdenker may be found at PubMed.

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