Current Research

Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Marine Mammals

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Collaboration with Tufts and UC Davis on Morbillivirus and Avian Influenza:
Our patients are the sentinels of our environment, their intricate involvement in/on both the terrestrial and marine environments is unique and a wealth of knowledge.

Their health in relationship to the environment and human pressure is the core of PMMC’s Conservation Medicine, explore further on how PMMC collaborating with top laboratories and Scientist nationwide and is contributing to the scientific understanding of the role of these and other emerging infectious diseases.

PMMC is teaming up with Dr. Tracy Goldstein at the One Health Institute/ Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis Veterinary School, as well as Dr. Wendy Puryear at Tufts Cummings Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarians and Scientist at PMMC are researching the prevalence of diseases of concern, such as Morbillivirus (distemper), Brucella, Leptospirosis and Influenza in all the patients at PMMC.


Impact of UV/Sunscreen in seals and sea lions

Collaboration with UConn; Sunscreen products are a necessity to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, but did you know that marine mammals are somehow absorbing chemicals from our sunscreen products?? Scientist, initiating this innovative research at PMMC, are collaborating withSea World San Diego, Marine Mammal Care Center of Los Angeles, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, Marine Mammals of Maine to have samples analyzed for UV Blocking Compounds by Dr. Chris Perkins at the University of Conn. Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering.


Post-Release Monitoring

Post release monitoring is the last step in the rescue rehabilitation and release as the information gained from our patients after release drive changes in our husbandry/veterinary practices at PMMC. Through identification of the animals through satellite tags or flipper tags, citizens can readily help scientists at PMMC have e a window into the animals’ life after release. This is a priority of the national stranding network to conduct post release monitoring.


A group of computer science engineering students from University of California, Irvine will be designing a smartphone app that will help gather feedback on released marine mammals. We will need your help with this COS app you can instantaneously up load pictures, description of animal you see with tags to the database. We will contact you and inform you of where and when you animal was assisted at some rehabilitation center.