Mark Pokras

Mark Pokras
Associate Professor
Wildlife Health, Birds, Reptiles
Wildlife Clinic & Center for Conservation Medicine

Campus Phone:
508-839-7918

Fax:
508-839-7930

Education

  • Residency in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine - 1985 - 1988 
  • DVM - Tufts University - 1984
  • BS - Cornell Universtiy - 1971
  1. Hopf, C., Pokras, M., Aguilar, R.F. 2014. What is your diagnosis? Ventricular metallic foreign body.. Journal of avian medicine and surgery.
  2. Muthupalani, S., Torres, P.A., Wang, B.C., Zeng, B.J., Eaton, S., Erdelyi, I., Ducore, R., Maganti, R., Keating, J., Perry, B.J., Tseng, F.S., Waliszewski, N., Pokras, M., Causey, R., Seger, R., March, P., Tidwell, A., Pfannl, R., Seyfried, T., Kolodny, E.H., Alroy, J. 2014. GM1-gangliosidosis in American black bears: Clinical, pathological, biochemical and molecular genetic characterization. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism.
  3. Kornetsky, R., Rock, M., Pokras, M. 2013. A rapid postmortem screening test for lead toxicosis in common loons (Gavia immer) and bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
  4. Bellinger, D.C., Burger, J., Cade, T.J., Cory-Slechta, D.A., Finkelstein, M., Hu, H., Kosnett, M., Landrigan, P.J., Lanphear, B., Pokras, M.A., Redig, P.T., Rideout, B.A., Silbergeld, E., Wright, R., Smith, D.R. 2013. Health risks from lead-based ammunition in the environment. Environmental Health Perspectives.
  5. Martinez, J., Pokras, M.A. 2010. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
  6. Fiorello, C.V., Nisbet, I.C.T., Hatch, J.J., Corsiglia, C., Pokras, M.A. 2009. Hematology and absence of hemoparasites in breeding common terns (Sterna Hi Run Do) from cape cod, Massachusetts. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  7. Pokras, M., Kneeland, M., Ludi, A., Golden, E., Major, A., Miconi, R., Poppenga, R.H. 2009. Lead objects ingested by common loons in New England. Northeastern Naturalist.
  8. Pokras, M.A., Kneeland, M.R. 2008. Lead poisoning: Using transdisciplinary approaches to solve an ancient problem. EcoHealth.
  9. Evers, D.C., Savoy, L.J., Desorbo, C.R., Yates, D.E., Hanson, W., Taylor, K.M., Siegel, L.S., Cooley Jr., J.H., Bank, M.S., Major, A., Munney, K., Mower, B.F., Vogel, H.S., Schoch, N., Pokras, M., Goodale, M.W., Fair, J. 2008. Adverse effects from environmental mercury loads on breeding common loons. Ecotoxicology.
  10. Mayer, J., Kaufman, G., Pokras, M. 2006. Allometric Scaling. Reptile Medicine and Surgery.
  11. Harris, R.J., Tseng, F.S., Pokras, M.A., Suedmeyer, B.A., Bogart, J.S.H., Prescott, R.L., Newman, S.H. 2006. Beached bird surveys in Massachusetts: The seabird ecological assessment network (SEANET). Marine Ornithology.
  12. Bogomolni, A., Ellis, J., Gast, R., Harris, B., Pokras, M., Touhey, K., Moore, M. 2006. Emerging zoonoses in marine mammals and seabirds of the Northeast U.S.. OCEANS 2006.
  13. Haefele, H.J., Sidor, I., Evers, D.C., Hoyt, D.E., Pokras, M.A. 2005. Hematologic and physiologic reference ranges for free-ranging adult and young common loons (Gavia immer). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  14. Pierce, K.E., Harris, R.J., Larned, L.S., Pokras, M.A. 2004. Obstruction and starvation associated with plastic ingestion in a Northern Gannet Morus bassanus and a Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis. Marine Ornithology.
  15. Sidor, I.F., Pokras, M.A., Major, A.R., Poppenga, R.H., Taylor, K.M., Miconi, R.M. 2003. Mortality of common loons in New England, 1987 to 2000. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
  16. Franson, J.C., Hansen, S.P., Pokras, M.A., Miconi, R. 2001. Size characteristics of stones ingested by Common Loons. Condor.
  17. Parsons, K.C., Matz, A.C., Hooper, M.J., Pokras, M.A. 2000. Monitoring wading bird exposure to agricultural chemicals using serum cholinesterase activity. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
  18. Pokras, M.A., Hanley, C., Gordon, Z. 1998. Liver mercury and methylmercury concentrations in New England common loons (Gavia immer). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
  19. Dhar, A.K., Pokras, M.A., Garcia, D.K., Evers, D.C., Gordon, Z.J., Alcivar-Warren, A. 1997. Analysis of genetic diversity in common loon Gavia immer using RAPD and mitochondrial RFLP techniques. Molecular Ecology.
  20. Hanley, C.S., Murray, H.G., Torrey, S., Pokras, M.A. 1997. Establishing cardiac measurement standards in three avian species. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.

General Research Interests

  • Functional and surgical anatomy of birds and reptiles.
  • Environmental pathology (including toxicology) of wildlife species.
  • Captive management of aquatic reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Allometric scaling as a tool for understanding comparative clinical medicine.
  • Development of minimally invasive field techniques for wildlife health studies.

Selected Research Projects

  • Lead (Pb) toxicosis in wildlife and public health.
  • Seanet -- threats to aquatic birds.
  • WebAtlas of Wildlife Anatomy & Pathology.
  • Surveys of vernal pools and other campus resources.
  • Presence of antibiotic resistant organisms in native wildlife.

Research Interests by Area

International, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine
  • SEANET; Loons; Environmental Contaminants

Other campus activities

  • Sponsor a variety of student projects & selectives.
  • Host “Open Mike” nights on campus.
  • Advise student WAZE group (Wildlife, Aquatics, Zoo & Exotics).
  • Lead campus & regional nature walks.