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Professor, Aquatic Animal Medicine, NC State University

galewbar@ncsu.edu

Dr. Lewbart is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine and in 2007 was named Exotic DVM of the Year by Exotic DVM Magazine. In 2012 he received the William Medway Award for Excellence in Teaching from the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine. He has made more than ten trips to the Galapagos doing fieldwork on a wide variety of species.

Under the leadership of Dr. Ken Lohmann, Dr. Lewbart is a part of an international team of scientists studying the health of Galápagos wildlife.  Their first project involved the health assessment of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). They published that work in 2014 and have been expanding the scope of their efforts, including many collaborators, since this time. None of this work would be possible without the permission and support of the Galápagos National Park (Parque Nacional Galápagos). To date our team has established baseline health parameters for the following species:

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)

San Cristóbal Giant tortoise (Chelonidis chathamensis)

Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki)

San Cristóbal lava lizard (Microlophus bivittatus)

Red-footed booby (Sula sula)

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii)

Nazca booby (Sula granti)

Great frigatebird (Fregata minor)

Magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnifiscens)

Swallowtail gull (Creagrus furcatus)

Galápagos shearwater (Puffinus subalaris)

Red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)

Galápagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus and C. pallidus)

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