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Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Staff

Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Lead Scientists

Carter T. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Title  Research Microbiologist
Phone  (808) 967-7396 ext. 6401
Mailing address  Kilauea Field Station
P.O. Box 44
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

B.S. 1976Biology, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
M.S. 1981Medical Parasitology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans
Ph.D. 1985Veterinary Parasitology, University of Florida, Gainesville

Expertise / Specialty: Wildlife disease with a focus on vector borne parasitic diseases of birds

Research Interests: Ecology and pathogenicity of blood parasites of vertebrates

Featured Studies:

  • Biocomplexity of Introduced Avian Diseases in Hawaii:
  • Impacts of global warming on the distribution of introduced avian diseases in Hawaii, TBD
  • Surveys of SW Pacific Islands for Vector-Borne Avian Diseases, TBD
  • Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds (book), TBD
  • Infectious and Parasitic Diseases of Wild Birds (books)

Select Publications :

Atkinson, C.T. and C. van Riper III. 1991. Epizootiology and pathogenicity of avian haematozoa: Plasmodium, Haemoproteus, and Leucocytozoon. In: Bird-Parasite Interactions. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, (J.E. Loye and M. Zuk, eds.), Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 19-48.

Atkinson, C.T., K.L. Woods, R.J. Dusek, L.S. Sileo, and W.M. Iko. 1995. Wildlife disease and conservation in Hawaii: pathogenicity of avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum) in experimentally infected Iiwi (Vestiaria coccinea). Parasitology 111: S59-S69.

Atkinson, C.T., R.J. Dusek, and J.K. Lease. 2001. Serological responses and immunity to superinfection with avian malaria in experimentally-infected Hawaii Amakihi. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 37: 20-27.

Atkinson, C.T., J.K. Lease, B.M. Drake and N.P. Shema. 2001. Pathogenicity, serological responses and diagnosis of experimental and natural malarial infections in native Hawaiian thrushes. The Condor, 103: 209-218.

Jarvi, S.I., J.J. Schultz and C.T. Atkinson. 2002. PCR diagnostics underestimate the prevalence of avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum) in experimentally-infected passerines. Journal of Parasitology, 88: 153-158.

Woodworth, B.L., C.T. Atkinson, D.A. LaPointe, P.J. Hart, C.S. Spiegel, E.J. Tweed, C. Henneman, J. LeBrun, T. Denette, R. DeMots, K.L. Kozar, D. Triglia, D. Lease, A. Gregor, T. Smith, and D. Duffy. 2005. Host population persistence in the face of introduced vector-borne diseases: Hawaii amakihi and avian malaria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102:1531-1536.

Aruch, S., C.T. Atkinson, A.F. Savage, and D.A. LaPointe. 2007. Prevalence and Distribution of Pox-like Lesions, Avian Malaria and Mosquito Vectors in Kipahulu Valley, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43: 567-575.

Atkinson, C.T., R.C. Utzurrum, J.O Seamon, A.F. Savage, and D.A. LaPointe. 2006. Hematozoa of Forest Birds in American Samoa - Evidence for a Diverse, Indigenous Parasite Fauna from the South Pacific. Pacific Conservation Biology 12:229-237.

Atkinson, C.T. and D.A. LaPointe. 2009. Introduced avian diseases, climate change, and the future of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 23:53-63.

Atkinson, C.T. and M.D. Samuel. 2010. Avian Malaria (Plasmodium relictum) in Native Hawaiian Forest Birds: Epizootiology and Demographic Impacts on `Apapane (Himatione sanguinea). Journal of Avian Biology 41:357-366.


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