*University of Queensland – School of Biological Sciences Brisbane, Australia
PhD, Full Scholarship and Living Allowance for 3.5 years 2012-2016
• Conducted health surveillance of a subtropical wild dugong population by developing and applying tools for the assessment of clinical health and immunology, in collaboration with the Translational Research Institute-Diamantina Institute, and the University of Adelaide-College of Veterinary Medicine
*University of Florida – College of Veterinary Medicine Gainesville, FL
MSc, Full Tuition 2003-2008
• Developed oral temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate monitoring protocols for field captured West Indian manatees in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife ConservationCommission (FWC), Disney’s Animal Programs, Wildlife Trust and US Geological Survey (USGS) in Belize, Puerto
Rico and Florida
*Long Island University - Southampton College Southampton, New York
BSc Biology 1995-2000
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ARTIE WONG, PHD
I have over 15 years of experience as a marine biologist, with a specialty in marine mammal conservation. I have worked with government agencies, universities, animal care facilities, and non-profit organizations throughout the world, in order to address the declining health of the environment and wildlife. I utilize creativity and teamwork to discover and implement novel solutions to complex problems. I promote a positive and collaborative work environment. I’m interested in a career, which will help to address the unprecedented environmental and socio-economic issues we face in the world today.
University of Queensland – School of Biological Sciences
Jan 2012 - Aug 2016
A catastrophic flood event along the Queensland coast in 2011 raised concerns for the health of a declining dugong population, whose marine ecosystem was exposed to coastal runoff from an urban coastline. My research included establishing serum biochemistry and haematology reference intervals, and developing an immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody. Utilizing these tools I discovered that a small percentage of the living population had serum antibody levels indicative of exposure to the parasites Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum, which are respectively known to spread from the feces of cats and dogs. Exposure to N. caninum is the first reported for the species and the order of Sirenia. This information is being utilized to protect the dugong’s marine ecosystem and improve conservation of the species.
University of Florida – College of Veterinary Medicine
May 2003 - May 2008
While working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), I identified an inconsistent triage protocol for the rescue of endangered West Indian manatees, which are often injured or killed by boat collisions, cold-stress, and harmful algal blooms. I led the development of a manatee vital sign monitoring protocol in collaboration with the FWC, Sea to Shore Alliance, the US Geological Survey USGS, and Disney’s Animal Programs.
Long Island University - Southampton College
Southampton, New York
May 1995 – May 2000
Lanyon, J.M., Wong, A., Long, T., Woolford, L., 2015. Serum biochemistry reference intervals of live wild dugongs (Dugong dugon) from urban coastal Australia. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 44 (2) 234-421
Woolford, L., Wong, A., Sneath, H.L., Long, T., Boyd, S., Lanyon, J.M., 2015. Haematological parameters of a live wild dugong (Dugong dugon) population in southern Queensland. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 44 (4) 530-541
Wong, A. W., Bonde, R. K., Siegal-Willott, J., Stamper, M. A., Colee, J., Powell, J. A., Reid, J. P., Deutsch, C. J., & Harr, K. E. (2012). Monitoring oral temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate of West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) during capture and handling in the field. Aquatic Mammals 38(1) 1-16
Wong, A., Harr, K., Bonde, R. K., Stamper, M. A., Siegal-Willott, J., Francis-Floyd, R., & Haubold, E. M. (2008). Manatee temperature, heart rate, and respiration monitoring field guide. 2007. Gainesville: University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. 11 pp.
Siegal-Willott, J., Estrada, A., Bonde, R.K., Wong, A.W., Estrada, D.J., & Harr, K.E. (2006). Electrocardiography in two subspecies of manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris and T. m. manatus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 37(4) 447-453
US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA)-Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Laysan Island, HI
Monk Seal Field Biologist
June 2010 – Mar 2011
The Hawaiian monk seal is a critically endangered marine mammal. I worked as part of a team with 3 other biologists to implement health and behavioral research.
Save the Manatee Club (SMC)
Staff Manatee Biologist
Jan 2008 – May 2010
My work with SMC allowed me to enforce conservation policies, improve public outreach, and support research and conservation efforts.
FWC-Fish and Wildlife Research Institute -Endangered and Threatened Species
Marine Mammal Biologist
Jan 2003- Dec 2007
In this position I conducted daily marine mammal rescue and research operations. I worked with endangered species including Florida manatees and North Atlantic right whales.
Sea to Shore Alliance
Field Research Assistant
Jan 2004- Dec 2011
Live capture and health assessment of the Antillean manatee (T. m. manatus) in Belize
Florida Atlantic University-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Research Institute
Fort Pierce, FL
Field Research Assistant
Jan 2007- Dec 2011
Live capture and health assessment of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
NOAA-Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Charleston, South Carolina
Field Research Assistant
Live capture and health assessment of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (T. truncatus)
Everglades National Park Service
Dry Tortugas, FL
Remote Biological Science Technician
July - Nov 2002
Assessed sport fishing pressures on fish stocks in the Dry Tortugas to establish a National Marine Park
The University of Maine, Darling Marine Center
Research SCUBA Diver
May - Nov 2001
Determined the essential broodstock habitat of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) in the Gulf of Maine
US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, HI
Jan -Dec 2000
Tested toxic bait application methods for the control of invasive rat populations in Hawaiian mesic and wet forests
Australian Marine Vertebrate Lab Brisbane, Australia
Lab Assistant May 2013
Marine Veterinary Medicine Summer Course Fort Pierce, FL Invited Lecturer June 2011
L’anse Creuse Highschool
Harrison Twp, MI
May 2011, May 2016
University of Florida-Undergraduate Ecology Course
Florida Atlantic University-HBOI Graduate Marine Mammal Course
Fort Pierce, FL
Invited Lecturer and Necropsy Lab Assistant
June 2009, June 2010
New York’s South Street Seaport Museum
New York, NY
Children’s Marine Science Educator
May – July 2002
Amistad America Inc.
May – Nov 2001
University of Maine-Darling Marine Center
Children’s Teaching Aid
May – Nov 2001
Wildlife Conservation Society-New York Aquarium
Jan – Dec 1994
CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
Jane Goodall Institute, First Annual Latin America & Caribbean Summit
Mamoni Valley Preserve, Panama
Invited Speaker on behalf of the Sea to Shore Belize Manatee Program
XIII Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology & Conservation
Belize City, Belize
Manatees & Climate Change Workshop Panel Discussion Member 2009
International Sirenia Conference Atlanta, GA
Invited Speaker 2009
Jane Goodall Institute, Global Youth Summit
Protein gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), column chromatography, lymphocyte proliferation assays, and leukocyte differentials. Familiar with mass spectroscopy, flow cytometry and FACS analysis
Statistics and Graphing - Statistica, Prism 6, Ref Val, Sigma Stat, Sigma Plot, ArcView GIS 9.1
Microsoft Office - Excel, Word, PowerPoint
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