Nahiid Stephens

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Researcher

Marine Mammal Health Project

My research interests include pathology – especially marine mammal and wildlife pathology, disease surveillance in cetaceans and wildlife as vectors for emerging diseases. As the Marine Mammal Health Project’s veterinary pathologist, I work closely with Dr Carly Holyoake. Our research is focused on investigating mortality events and determining baseline health and epidemiological information on disease levels in marine mammals in Western Australia through opportunistic post-mortem examinations and sampling. We believe that this information is complementary to biological and ecological studies and can help inform wildlife management agencies for better conservation and management outcomes.

2010 – ongoing: Doctor of Philosophy candidate, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

2010 – ongoing: Marine Mammal Health Project, Veterinary Pathologist and team member. Conservation Medicine Program, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

2010: Achieved membership into the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Pathology Chapter) by examination.

2009 – ongoing: Associate Lecturer in Anatomic Pathology. School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

1999 – 2000: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Hons). School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

1996 – 1998: Bachelor of Science. School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Professional Services
2010/2011: Member of the advisory body assisting Professor Lyn Beazley AO (Chief Scientist of Western Australia) prepare her report on the 2009 Swan-Canning Riverpark dolphin deaths to the Minister for the Environment.

2010: Co-author of the Technical Report on the 2009 Swan-Canning Riverpark dolphin deaths – delivered to The Swan River Trust (refer to publications).

2009 – present: Team member, Anatomic Pathology Diagnostic Service. School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Professional memberships:

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia
Australian Society of Veterinary Pathology
Australian Animal Pathology Standards Program
Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Pathology Chapter)
VetPath Community (Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network)
Australian Wildlife Health Network/ WildHealth Community (Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network)

Dr Padraig Duignan (University of Calgary, Canada)

Dr Anthony Patterson (Disease Surveillance and Investigation Branch, Veterinary Sciences Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, United Kingdom)

Dr Chandra Salgado-Kent (Curtin University, Australia)

Dr Kris Warren (Murdoch University, Australia)

Dr Mark Bennett (Murdoch University, Australia)

Peer Reviewed

Stephens, N., Duignan, P.J., Wang, J., Bingham, J., Finn, H., Bejder, L., Patterson, I.A.P., and Holyoake, C. 2014. First report of mortality in coastal Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) from Western Australia associated with a divergent cetacean morbillivirus. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 20(4): 672-676.

Krzyszczyk, E., Kopps, A. M., Bacher, K., Smith, H., Stephens, N., Meighan, N. A. and Mann, J. 2012. A report on six cases of seagrass-associated gastric impaction in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.). Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00579.x

Stephens, N., Holyoake, C., Finn, H., and Lars, B. 2011. An unusually severe presentation of dolphin poxvirus in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) within the Swan-Canning Estuary. Oral presentation. Australian Marine Sciences Association, Fremantle, Australia.

Holyoake, C., Stephens, N., Coughran, D., Bejder., and Warren, K. 2011. Collection of baseline data on humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) health and causes of mortality for long-term monitoring in Western Australia. Poster presentation. Australian Marine Sciences Association, Fremantle, Australia.

Stephens, N., Holyoake, C., Duignan, P., Finn, H., Salgado, C., and Lars, B. 2010. An unusual mortality event involving Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) within the Swan Canning Riverpark June-October 2009. Oral presentation. Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology, Fremantle, Australia.

Technical report to the Swan River Trust 2010:

Holyoake, C., Finn, H., Stephens, N., Duignan, P., Salgado, C., Smith, H., Bejder, L., Linke, T., Daniel, C., Lo, H. N., Ham, G. S., Moiler, K., Allen, S., Bryant, K., and McElligott, D. 2010. Technical Report on the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) Unusual Mortality Event within the Swan Canning Riverpark, June-October 2009.

Nahiid Stephens BSc BVMS (Hons) MANZCVSc (Vet Path)

Lecturer in Anatomic Pathology

School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Murdoch University

South Street, Murdoch, 6150

Ph: +61 (08) 9360 2666

Email: N.Stephens@murdoch.edu.au

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