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Devin Tunseth

Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Veterinary Intern
B.S. and D.V.M., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Dr. Devin Tunseth currently serves as the Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Veterinary Intern. His duties include assisting the Smithsonian Global health (SGH) team with disease surveillance, training, and capacity building in Myanmar and Kenya, as well as assisting with grant writing and performing independent research. His research focuses on vector-borne pathogens and public health applications of veterinary medicine, particularly on the importance of climate change and its influence on mosquitoes and emerging arboviruses such as Zika virus.

Tunseth recently spent five weeks in Kenya collecting mosquitoes and sampling camels to test for coronavirus and other arboviruses. While in the field, he collected one of the first recorded cases of an Anopheles mosquito above 1,700 meters in central Kenya which has enormous public health implications for the emergence of malaria in a historically malaria-free region. He hopes to use his findings to improve local surveillance and prevent future outbreaks of epidemic malaria in the region.

Tunseth received a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology in 2010 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, both from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is currently completing a Master of Public health degree, also at the University of Minnesota. Tunseth has engaged in public health externships at the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also completed an internship in raptor medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center.
Tunseth has a lifelong love of nature, animals, and conservation, and as an accomplished Eagle Scout has been very active in outdoor activities since his childhood. He enjoys working with both animals and people and is especially interested in merging the fields of conservation, wildlife medicine, and public health, making him an ideal contributor to Smithsonian Global Health.