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Mourad W. Gabriel

Fisher Disease Ecology Project
Canid Diversity and Conservation Lab
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue/Old Davis Rd.
Davis, California 95616-8744 USA
Email: mwgabriel@ucdavis.edu
Phone office/lab: 530 754 7932
Fax: 530 752 3556


 

Education

B.S. Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University
M.S. Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University
Ph.D. Comparative Pathology, University of California Davis (expected Spring 2012)

Research Interest

I became interested in the ecological roles parasites and pathogens play within wildlife populations, under the direction of Drs. Richard Botzler and Richard Brown at Humboldt State University.  Since then, I co-founded Integral Ecology Research Center (IERC), a non-profit scientific research organization where many projects investigated disease risk among wildlife species of conservation concern.  I then decided to continue my academic pursuit in the Graduate Group of Comparative Pathology at the Sacks laboratory, where my current research focuses on the exposure and distribution of infectious and non-infectious diseases among fishers and their sympatric carnivores.   My dissertation focuses on the ecology of population-limiting pathogens, causes of mortality through pathological and forensic investigations, ectoparasite diversity, roles of toxicants such as anticoagulant rodenticides, and the differences in parvovirus infections within the distinct population segment of this USFWS endangered species candidate. In addition to my academic pursuits, I am the co-founder and an ecologist for MGW Biological, an environmental firm that conducts various wildlife, botanical and fisheries studies in the western states.  I am currently collaborating with various colleagues on their ecological and/or disease projects for the following species: foothill and Sierra yellow-legged frogs, Sierra Nevada red foxes, Sacramento Valley red foxes, martens, Oregon silver-spot butterflies, Dholes, European badgers, and stoats.  

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife, two dogs, two cats, various outdoor activities that include bodyboarding, fishing, hunting, canning, gardening, listening to RUSH (the band), and traveling on my enduro motobike.

Professional Affiliations

The Wildlife Society (national, western and north coast chapters,)

The Wildlife Disease Association

The American Society of Mammalogists

Society for Vector Ecology

Presentations and Invited Speaker

Over 40 presentations at international, national, regional and local conferences and invited speaker for several universities, colleges and local schools.

Invited Book Chapters

2012 - Gabriel, M.W., Wengert, G.M., and R.N. Brown.  Pathogens and parasites of the genus Martes: management and conservation implications in Biology and conservation of martens, sables, and fishers: a new synthesis.  K.B. Aubry, W.J. Zielinski, M.G. Raphael, G. Proulx, and S.W. Buskirk, editors.  Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, USA.

2012 – Wengert, G.M., M.W. Gabriel, and D.L. Clifford.  Investigating cause-specific mortality and diseases in carnivores: tools and techniques in Carnivore ecology and conservation: a Handbook of Techniques. R.A Powell and L. Boitani, editors. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Peer-reviewed Publications

In review - S.M. Keller, M.W. Gabriel, K.A. Terio, E.J. Dubovi, E. VanWormer, R. Sweitzer, R. Barret, C. Thompson, K. Purcell, and L. Munson. Canine distemper in an isolated Population of fishers from California.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

In review - Matthews, S.M., J.M. Higley, K.M. Rennie, R.E. Green, C.A. Goddard, G.M. Wengert, M.W. Gabriel and T.K. Fuller. Reproduction, recruitment, and dispersal of fishers (Martes pennanti) in a managed, Douglas-fir dominated forest in northwestern California.

In preparation – Gabriel, M.W., L. Woods, R. Poppenga, R. Sweitzer, C. Thompson, S. Matthews, J.M. Higley, S. Keller, K. Purcell, R. Barret, G. M. Wengert, B.N. Sacks, and D. L. Clifford.  Exposure and Poisoning with Anticoagulant Rodenticides in a Rare Carnivore Population within Public Lands.

In preparation - Brown, R. N., M. W. Gabriel, G. M. Wengert, S. Matthews, J. M. Higley, and J. E. Foley. Pathogens associated with fishers in northern California.  

In preparation – Gabriel, M.W., G. M. Wengert, J. E. Foley, J. M. Higley, S. Matthews, and R. N. Brown. Sympatric mesocarnivores as sentinels for pathogens associated with fishers in northern California. 

2011 - Larkin, J.L., M.W. Gabriel, J.C. Wester, J.G. Humphreys, R. Gerhold, M.J. Yabsley, R. Beckstead, and J.P. Dubey. Prevalence to Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis spp. in a reintroduced fisher population in Pennsylvania.  Journal of Parasitology.  97:425-429

2010 - Gabriel, M.W., G. M. Wengert, S. M. Matthews, J. M. Higley, J. E. Foley, A. Blades, M. Sullivan, and R. N. Brown. Effectiveness of rapid diagnostic tests to assess pathogens of fishers (Martes pennanti) and gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46:966-970.

2010 - Brown, E. L., D.M. Roellig, M. Gompper, R. Monello, K.M. Wenning, M.W. Gabriel, and M. J. Yabsley. Seroprevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi among twelve potential reservoir species from six states across the Southern United States. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 10:757-763.

2010 - T.K. Fuller, S.M. Matthews, S.S. Stevens, N.D. Rayl, C.J. Zieminski, A.R. Whiteley, P.R. Sievert, J.F. Organ, and M.W. Gabriel.  Review: Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.  46:1055-1058.

2010 - Gabriel, M.W. and G.M. Wengert. 2010. Dangers of leather gloves. The Wildlife Professional.  4:10

2010 - Gorman, J. K., M.W. Gabriel, N. J. MacLachlan, N. C. Nieto, J. E. Foley, and S. J. Spier.  Immunization of mice infected with an equine strain of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Veterinary Therapeutics. 11:1-8. 

2009 - Gabriel, M. W., R. N. Brown, J. E. Foley, J. M. Higley, and R. G. Botzler. Ecology of Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection in gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) in northwestern California. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45:344-354.

2009 - Henn, J. B., M. W. Gabriel, R. W. Kasten, R. N. Brown, J. E. Koehler, K. A. MacDonald, M. D. Kittleson, W. P. Thomas, and B. B. Chomel. Infective endocarditis in a dog and the phylogenetic relationship of the associated "Bartonella rochalimae" strain with isolates from dogs, gray foxes, and a human. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 47:787-790.

2009 - Gabriel, M. W., J. Henn, J. E. Foley, R. N. Brown, R. W. Kasten, P. Foley, and B. B. Chomel. Zoonotic Bartonella species in fleas collected on gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 9:597-602.

2009 - Wengert, G.W., M.W. Gabriel, R.L. Mathis and T. Hughes.  Food habits of wild turkey in national forest of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Western Birds.  40:284-291.

2007 - Foley, J. E., R. N. Brown, M. W. Gabriel, J. Henn, N. Drazenovich, R. Kasten, S. L. Green, and B. B. Chomel. Spatial analysis of the exposure of dogs in rural north-coastal California to vectorborne pathogens. Veterinary Record 161:653-657.

2007 - Brown, R. N., M. W. Gabriel, G. M. Wengert, S. Matthews, J. M. Higley, and J. E. Foley. Pathogens associated with fishers Pages 3-47 in  Pathogens associated with fishers (Martes pennanti) and sympatric mesocarnivores in California - Final report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for grant. Publication #813335G021. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Yreka, California.

2007 - Gabriel, M. W., G. M. Wengert, J. E. Foley, J. M. Higley, S. Matthews, and R. N. Brown. Pathogens associated with mesocarnivores sympatric with fishers. Pages 48-72 In Pathogens associated with fishers (Martes pennanti) and sympatric mesocarnivores in California - Final report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for grant. Publication #813335G021. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Yreka, California.

2007 - Henn, J. B., M. W. Gabriel, R. W. Kasten, R. N. Brown, J. H. Theis, J. E. Foley, and B. B. Chomel. Gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) as a potential reservoir of a Bartonella clarridgeiae-like bacterium and domestic dogs as sentinels for zoonotic arthropod-borne pathogens in northern California. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 45:2411-2418.

2006 - Brown, R. N., M. W. Gabriel, G. Wengert, S. Matthews, J. M. Higley, and J. E. Foley. Fecally transmitted pathogens associated with Pacific fishers (Martes pennanti) in northwestern California. Transactions of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society 42:40-46.