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Woutrina A Smith- BA, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Professor and Researcher
Medicine & Epidemiology

1042 Vet Med 3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 0119
wasmith@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Dr. Smith's research program uses One Health approaches to investigate the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of zoonotic pathogens locally in California as well as internationally at multiple project sites in Africa and Asia. As a molecular epidemiologist working at the interfaces of humans, animals, and their shared environments, waterborne fecal pathogens as well as milk- and airborne transmitted zoonotic agents are of particular interest when considering individual and population health issues.

Specialty Focus

Microbiology, Epidemiology, Zoonoses

Education

2004 PhD Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA
2001 MPVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
1996 BA Biology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2001 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2005 International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine Travel Award
2005 Merck/Merial National Veterinary Scholar Symposium Honorable Mention
2005 National Institutes of Health Internet Grantwriting Modules Fellow
2004 American Society for Microbiology Summer Institute Fellow
2003 Consortium for Women and Research Travel Award
2003 World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology Travel Award
2003 Morris Animal Foundation Fellow
2002-2004 California Sea Grant Fellow
2002-2003 Coastal Environmental Quality Initiaive Graduate Fellow
2001 Contributions to Avian and Exotic Medicine Award
1999 Helen Bailey Memorial Research Scholarship

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Zoonotic select agents in Tanzania - a One Health approach to Rift Valley fever and brucellosis surveillance, (Principal Investigator), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense

Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluating zoonotic viral sharing among bats, primates, and people in a high risk transmission interface in southern Tanzania, Mazet (Principal Investigator), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense

Other, PREDICT-2, Mazet (Principal Investigator), USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program

Principal Investigator, Addressing young stock mortality in smallholder farms and pastoral herds of Ethiopia, (Principal Investigator), USAID Livestock Systems Innovation Lab

Principal Investigator, Improved diagnosis of sea otter intoxication from algal blooms, (Principal Investigator), California Coastal Conservancy

Principal Investigator, Investigating the decline of Africa buffaloes in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, (Principal Investigator), Safari Club International

Principal Investigator, From calf ranch to feedlot: the effect of passive transfer of immunity and early calf management on liver abscess incidence in Holstein steers, (Principal Investigator), UCD Center for Food Animal Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Woutrina A Smith: Potential natural and anthropogenic impediments to the conservation and recovery of Cook Inlet beluga whales, Delphinapterus leucas 2016 Norman SA, Hobbs RC, Goertz C, Burek-Huntington K, Shelden KEW, Smith WA, Beckett LA Potential natural and anthropogenic impediments to the conservation and recovery of Cook Inlet beluga whales, Delphinapterus leucas Marine Fisheries Review,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Removal capacity of faecal pathogens from wastewater by four wetland vegetation: Typha latifolia, Cyperus papyrus, Cyperus alternifolius and Phragmites australis 2016 Kipasika HJ, Buza J, Smith WA, Njau KN Removal capacity of faecal pathogens from wastewater by four wetland vegetation: Typha latifolia, Cyperus papyrus, Cyperus alternifolius and Phragmites australis African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Boma to banda - a disease sentinel concept for reduction of diarrhea. 2016 Wolking D, Clifford DL, Kelly TR, Kamani E, Smith WA, Kazwala RR, Mazet JAK Boma to banda - a disease sentinel concept for reduction of diarrhea. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Comparable levels of microbial contamination in soil and on tomato crops after drip irrigation with treated wastewater or potable water. 2016 Orlofsky E, Berstein N, Sacks M, Vonshak A, Benami M, Kundu A, Maki M, Smith WA, Wuertz S, Shapiro K Comparable levels of microbial contamination in soil and on tomato crops after drip irrigation with treated wastewater or potable water. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Surface waters in northern Tanzania harbor fecal coliform and antibiotic resistant Salmonella capable of horizontal gene transfer. 2016 Lyimo B, Buza J, Smith WA, Subbiah M, Call D Surface waters in northern Tanzania harbor fecal coliform and antibiotic resistant Salmonella capable of horizontal gene transfer. African Journal of Microbiology Research,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Demographics and parasites of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer Sparrman) in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania 2016 Roug A, Muse EA, Smith WA, Mazet JAK, Kazwala R, Harvey D, Goodluck P, Meing’ataki GO, Banga P, Clifford DL Demographics and parasites of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer Sparrman) in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania African Journal of Ecology,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Prevalence, Pathology, and Risk Factors Associated with Streptococcus Phocae Infection in Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra Lutris Nereis), 2004-10 2016 Bartlett G, Smith WA, Dominik C, Batac F, Dodd E, Byrne BA, Jang S, Jessup D, Chantrey J, Miller M Prevalence, Pathology, and Risk Factors Associated with Streptococcus Phocae Infection in Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra Lutris Nereis), 2004-10 Journal of Wildlife Diseases,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Comparison of human and southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) health risks for infection with protozoa in nearshore waters 2016 Adell AD, McBride G, Wuertz S, Conrad PA, Smith WA Comparison of human and southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) health risks for infection with protozoa in nearshore waters Water Res,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Human fecal and pathogen exposure pathways in rural Indian villages and the effect of increased latrine coverage 2016 Odagiri M, Schriewer A, Daniels ME, Wuertz S, Smith WA, Clasen T, Schmidt WP, Jin Y, Torondel B, Misra PR, Panigrahi P, Jenkins MW Human fecal and pathogen exposure pathways in rural Indian villages and the effect of increased latrine coverage Water Res,
  • Woutrina A Smith: Modeling Cryptosporidium and Giardia in ground and surface water sources in rural India: Associations with latrines, livestock, damaged wells, and rainfall patterns 2016 Daniels ME, Smith WA, Schmidt WP, Clasen T, Jenkins MW Modeling Cryptosporidium and Giardia in ground and surface water sources in rural India: Associations with latrines, livestock, damaged wells, and rainfall patterns Environ Sci Technol,