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Donald Brightsmith

Assistant Professor

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Phone: (979) 458-0563

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Department: VTPB

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Research

    Tambopata Macaw Project - The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. The goal of the project is to generate information on wild macaws and parrots macaws and use this information to improve the health and welfare of captive birds and aid the conservation of wild birds throughout the tropics. Research, independent study, rotation and internship opportunities are available through this program.

    Teaching

      Costa Rica Biomedical Sciences program This program provides required "core" courses and key electives for students working towards a degree in Biomedical Sciences along with Pre-Meds, Pre-Vets, and others from any major who want to take a semester abroad while still advancing their degree plan. Students will receive an in depth introduction to Costa Rican and Latin American health, conservation, culture, and nature, then learn and use Spanish through a combination of classes and home stays. Immunology and Physiological Chemistry will be taught with a "Latin flavor" to show how these sciences are applicable to Costa Rica and the world outside the classroom. Students will engage in many field trips to national parks, schools, beaches, clinics, markets, zoo, etc to learn about the health and conservation issues facing Latin America today.

      Amazon Field School ABS Field School in the Peruvian Amazon introduces students to the social and biological realities of conservation and research in Latin America. Students have firsthand investigation into key resource management systems, and apply conservation research techniques. Students complete case studies of important resources found in lowland tropical forests of southeastern Peru. Students interact with a mix of native peoples, colonists, conservation organizations, loggers, gold miners, and eco-tourism experts.

Education

  • Ph.D. Zoology, Duke University 1999
  • M.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona 1993
  • B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University 1990
  • Visiting Student Zoology, Oxford University 1989

Scholarly Interests

Avian diseases; avian ecology; geophagy (consumption of soil); avian conservation; disease threats from the live bird trade; diets of wild and captive exotic birds; role of infectious diseases in wild and endangered bird populations. Specialization in psittacines (parrots, macaws, parakeets and allies).

Publications

Cultivable bacterial microbiota of northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus): a new reservoir of antimicrobial resistance?
Su H, McKelvey J, Rollins D, Zhang M, Brightsmith DJ, Derr J, Zhang S.
PLoS One. ; 9(6):e99826.
A draft de novo genome assembly for the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) reveals evidence for a rapid decline in effective population size beginning in the Late Pleistocene.
Halley YA, Dowd SE, Decker JE, Seabury PM, Bhattarai E, Johnson CD, Rollins D, Tizard IR, Brightsmith DJ, Peterson MJ, Taylor JF, Seabury CM.
PLoS One. ; 9(3):e90240.
Nutritional and physical characteristics of commercial hand-feeding formulas for parrots.
Cornejo J, Dierenfeld ES, Bailey CA, Brightsmith DJ.
Zoo Biol. ; 32(5):469-75.
Predicted metabolizable energy density and amino acid profile of the crop contents of free-living scarlet macaw chicks (Ara macao).
Cornejo J, Dierenfeld ES, Bailey CA, Brightsmith DJ.
J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). ; 96(6):947-54.
Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Combating Illegal Wildlife-Pet Trade in Peru
Daut, EF, Brightsmith, DJ, and Peterson MJ.
Journal for Nature Conservation. ; .
Uso de collpa y otras observaciones del maracana cabeciazul (Primolius couloni) en el sureste de Peru
Torres-Sovero, C., H. Lloyd, and D. J. Brightsmith.
Neotropical Ornithology. ; .
Monk parakeet nest-site selection of electric utility structures in Texas
Reed, J. E., R. McCleery, N. J. Silvy, F. E. Smeins, and D. J. Brightsmith.
Landscaping and Urban Planning. ; .
Positive reinforcement training facilitates the voluntary participation of laboratory macaws with veterinary procedures.
Daugette KF, Hoppes S, Tizard I, Brightsmith D.
J Avian Med Surg. ; 26(4):248-54.
Nutritional levels of diets fed to captive Amazon parrots: does mixing seed, produce, and pellets provide a healthy diet?
Brightsmith DJ.
J Avian Med Surg. ; 26(3):149-60.
Molecular characterization of the cloacal microbiota of wild and captive parrots.
Xenoulis PG, Gray PL, Brightsmith D, Palculict B, Hoppes S, Steiner JM, Tizard I, Suchodolski JS.
Vet Microbiol. ; 146(3-4):320-5.
Nutritional content of the diets of free-living scarlet macaw chicks in southeastern Peru.
Brightsmith DJ, McDonald D, Matsafuji D, Bailey CA.
J Avian Med Surg. ; 24(1):9-23.
Dietary modification of omega-3 fatty acids for birds with atherosclerosis.
Petzinger C, Heatley JJ, Cornejo J, Brightsmith DJ, Bauer JE.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. ; 236(5):523-8.
Psittacine reintroductions and IUCN Guidelines - Response to Seddon
White, T. H., N. J. Collar, R. J. Moorhouse, V. Sanz, E. D. Stolen, and D. J. Brightsmith.
Biological Conservation. ; .
Philornis sp. bot fly larvae in free living scarlet macaw nestlings and a new technique for their extraction.
Olah G, Vigo G, Ortiz L, Rozsa L, Brightsmith DJ.
Vet Parasitol. ; 196(1-2):245-9.
A Draft De Novo Genome Assembly for the Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) Reveals Evidence for a Rapid Decline in Effective Population Size Beginning in the Late Pleistocene
Halley, Y. A., S. E. Dowd, J. E. Decker, P. M. Seabury, E. Bhattarai, C. D. Johnson, D. Rollins, I. R. Tizard, D. J. Brightsmith, M. J. Peterson, J. F. Taylor, and C. M. Seabury.
PLoS ONE . ; .
Diet and geophagy across a western Amazonian parrot assemblage
Lee, A. T. K., D. J. Brightsmith, M. P. N. Vargas, K. Q. Leon, A. J. R. Mejia, L. Y. Q. Huanca, A. K. Lee, and S. J. Marsden.
Biotropica. ; .
Nest site selection and efficacy of artificial nests for breeding success of Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) in lowland Peru
Olah, G., G. Vigo, R. Heinsohn, and D. J. Brightsmith.
Journal of Nature Conservation. ; .
Hematologic and plasma biochemical reference values of the horned guan, Oreophasis derbianus
Cornejo, J., D. Richardson, J. G. Perez, D. J. Brightsmith, C. J. Bonar, and J. J. Heatley.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. ; .
Nutritional and physical characteristics of commercial hand-feeding formulas for parrots.
Cornejo, J., E. S. Dierenfeld, C. A. Bailey, and D. J. Brightsmith.
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Impact of Delayed Analysis in Avian Blood Chemistry Values Measured with the Abaxis VetScan VS2
Hoppes, S. JD Boyd, DJ Brightsmith.
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. ; .
Error properties of Argos satellite telemetry locations using least squares and Kalman filtering
Boyd, J. D. and D. J. Brightsmith.
PLOS One. ; .
A Multi-Platform Draft de novo Genome Assembly and Comparative Analysis for the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
Seabury, C. M., S. E. Dowd, P. M. Seabury, T. Raudsepp, D. J. Brightsmith, P. Liboriussen, Y. Halley, C. A. Fisher, E. Owens, G. Viswanathan, and I. R. Tizard.
PLOS One. ; .
Uso de collpa y otras observaciones del maracana cabeciazul (Primolius couloni) en el sureste de Perú
Torres-Sovero, C., H. Lloyd, and D. J. Brightsmith.
Neotropical Ornithology. ; .
Illegal domestic bird trade and the role of export quotas in Peru
Daut, E. F., D. J. Brightsmith, A. P. Mendoza, L. Puhakka, and M. J. Peterson..
Journal for Nature Conservation. ; .
Impact of Delayed Analysis in Avian Blood Biochemical Values Measured With the Abaxis VetScan VS2
Hoppes, S. M., J. D. Boyd, and D. J. Brightsmith.
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. ; .
Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Combating Illegal Wildlife-Pet Trade in Peru
Daut, E. F., D. J. Brightsmith, and M. J. Peterson..
Journal of Nature Conservation. ; .
An evaluation of primers for microsatellite markers in Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) and their performance in a Peruvian wild population
Olah, G., R. G. Heinsohn, J. R. Espinoza, D. J. Brightsmith, and R. Peakall.
Conservation Genetics Resources. ; .
Developing Cultural Competence through the Introduction of Medical Spanish into the Veterinary Curriculum
Tayce, J., S. Burnham, G. Mays, J.C. Robles, D.J. Brightsmith, V. Fajt, and D. Posey.
Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. ; .


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