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Michael Stoskopf

Professor, Wildlife and Aquatic Health

American Veterinary Medical Association: Euthanasia Guidelines Working Group

American College of Zoological Medicine (ABVS-AVMA): President 1995 - 1997; Ad Hoc Core Curriculum Committee (chair) 1998-

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Academy of Zoo Medicine: Chairman 1979-1985

International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine: President - 1988-89

European Association for Aquatic Mammals

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

Marine Mammal Society

Wildlife Disease Association

Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine


Michael Stoskopf, DVM, PhD, D.ACZM completed his DVM at Colorado State University and his PhD in Environmental and Biochemical Toxicology at Johns Hopkins University. His clinical experience included positions as veterinarian at the Overton Park Zoo and Aquarium, the Baltimore Zoo and as the first Chief of Medicine at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He was instrumental in the establishment of the American College of Zoological Medicine, passing the first examination offered, and serving in various roles including president of the developing organization. He was also involved in the establishment of the AVMA’s Committee on Aquaculture serving since its inception, including as chair. He has also served on the ILAR Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

He came to NCSU in 1989, leaving his tenured position in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, to accept the role of Department Head of Companion Animal and Special Species, now known as the Department of Clinical Sciences. He now directs the Environmental Medicine Consortium at NCSU and participates actively in the inter-college Fisheries and Wildlife and Marine Sciences programs. He is a professor of wildlife and aquatic health in the Department of Clinical Sciences with appointments in Forestry, Biomedical Engineering, and Toxicology. He is the Zoological Focus Leader and teaches extensively in core, selective and elective courses in the DVM curriculum and graduate courses in Fisheries Wildlife and Conservation Biology.
His research focuses on population, ecosystem and landscape approaches to health management of wildlife species broadly defined to include aquatic and marine species including invertebrates and vertebrates. Most of the graduate students in his laboratory are focused on the application of advanced NMR/MRI/S techniques to key questions in ecological metabolomics, primarily related to impacts of global change. Impacts of temperature and ocean acidification on physiology are of particular interest as well as habitat health risk assessment questions primarily for endangered species recovery decision making. He is also active in collaborations looking at genomic tools for evaluating conservation strategies. He is an active in the NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, the Institute for Comparative Medicine and the NCSU Climate Science Center. His clinical efforts assist in the health management of captive and free-ranging wildlife and fisheries stocks. Current projects include development of a marine magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy facility on the coast, and reintroduction implementation for several endangered species including the red wolf and the Wyoming toad.

Area(s) of Expertise

Environmental medicine applied to wildlife, health risk assessment, lipid biochemistry, paleoecology


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