David S Blehert


David Blehert received a Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, and he joined the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) as a Diagnostic and Research Microbiologist in 2003. His research focuses on investigation of the ecology and pathobiology of bat white-nose syndrome. Today, Dr. Blehert is Chief of the NWHC's Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories Branch, which specializes in the investigation of unusual mortality events impacting our nation's wildlife. His laboratories also conduct surveillance for animal diseases of high consequence, such as white-nose syndrome in bats and highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses in wild waterfowl.


  • Ph.D. Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
  • B.S. Biology, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis St. Paul, 1993

Professional Experience

  • 2014 to present, Branch Chief, Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories, U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2003-2014, Diagnostic and Research Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1999 to 2003, Intramural Research Training Associate Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


  • 2003 to present, Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiological Sciences