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Aug 05 2011

NCSU Libraries Acquires Work from a Zoological Health Pioneer

The North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center announces the acquisition of a new collection related to the study and research of zoological health. The Michael K. Stoskopf Papers contains files related to Dr. Stoskopf’s research and teaching, and his extensive work in aquatic and wildlife medicine, his pioneering work in facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations in environmental medicine, and his involvement in professional organizations, particularly the growth and development of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM).

Dr. Stoskopf’s papers capture much of his work in collaborating with other early pioneers in the practice and research of zoological medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Stoskopf has developed multidisciplinary collaborations that bring together practitioners and researchers in understanding the the impact of environmental processes on the health of biological systems and making the world a better place for wildlife, people and their domestic animals. He is currently Director of Environmental Medicine Consortium and Professor of Wildlife and Aquatic Medicine, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Biomedical Engineering, and Marine Sciences at North Carolina State University. Before arriving at North Carolina State University, Dr. Stoskopf was a tenured faculty member in the School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stoskopf’s clinical work includes serving as the veterinarian for the Overton Park Zoo and Aquarium in Memphis, Tennessee (1975-1977) and the Baltimore Zoological Society (1977-1981). He was Chief of Medicine at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1981 to 1988.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Stoskopf has been involved with various professional organizations, including the Academy of Zoo Medicine (Chairman, 1979-1985), the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine (President, 1988-1989), and the American College of Zoological Medicine (President, 1995-1997), among others. He was named a Diplomate of ACZM in 1984. Dr. Stoskopf has authored scores of scholarly articles and book chapters on a variety of zoological and veterinary topics, as well as four books and manuals dealing primarily with fish medicine: Fish Medicine (1992), A Diagnostic Pathologist’s Introduction to Fish (1989), Tropical Fish Medicine (editor, 1988), and Marine Tropical Fish Medicine (with S. Citino, 1987). His many awards and honors include the N. O. Christensen Award for Excellence in Fish Health from the IAAAM, a special Jalanka Medal (University of Helsinki) for distinguished research on health and welfare of wild animals, and the Emil Dolensek Award from the Wildlife Conservation Society and American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

The NCSU Libraries Zoological Health Collection aims to create the most prestigious archive of its kind by bringing together the work of luminaries, pioneers, and leading practitioners in the field and making these unique materials available to a wide audience. The NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, located on the ground floor of the East Wing of D. H. Hill Library, holds research and primary resource materials in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers on the NC State Campus. By emphasizing established and emerging areas of excellence at the university and corresponding strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection, the SCRC is strategically developing collections with the aim of becoming an indispensable source of information for generations of scholars.

Contact: Greg Raschke at 919-515-7188 or greg_raschke@ncsu.edu