Heather Broughton

Instructor, Anatomy and Physiology
heather.broughton@osucascades.edu

Office: 541-322-3133

Tykeson Hall

Tykeson Hall 332

1500 SW Chandler Avenue

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97702
Credentials: 
Ph.D. Integrative Biology – Disease Ecology
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – Mixed Animal Practice
B.S. Animal and Veterinary Sciences; minor in Spanish

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At OSU
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Hello and welcome to my faculty website! My name is Heather Broughton and I am currently an instructor for Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI23X/BI24X); Disease Ecology (BI495); and Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease (BI103) here at Oregon State University - Cascades. You will also occasionally catch me teaching the Evolution, Genetics, and Behavior (BI103) course.

Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 

Oct. 2018  Eskimo Walrus Commission Meeting, Anchorage, AK
Presenter: Dietary adaptations to climate change: Implications for immunity and parasite burden in the Pacific walrus.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Brianna Beechler, Sheanna Steingass

Aug. 2017  Ecological Society of America Conference, Portland, OR
Presenter: Host and Population Level Parasite Community Dynamics: The Role of Coinfection in African Lions Infected with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Erin Gorsich, Danny Govender, Purvance Shikwambana, Emmanuel Serrano

Jan. 2016  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Portland, OR
Presenter: Parasite and pathogen communities in African lions (Panthera leo): The role of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus for structuring disease dynamics.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Erin Gorsich, Danny Govender, Purvance Shikwambana, Emmanuel Serrano

Nov. 2014  IB Departmental Seminar, Corvallis, OR
Presenter: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Coinfections in African Lions (Panthera leo): Implications for host physiology, immunity, and coinfection dynamics.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Danny Govender, Purvance Shikwambana, and Patrick Chappell

June 2014  EEID Conference, Fort Collins, CO
Poster: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Coinfections in African Lions (Panthera leo): Implications for Health and Immunity.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Danny Govender, Purvance Shikwambana, and Patrick Chappell

Oct. 2011  2011 World Veterinary Congress, Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in free-ranging African lions: a survey of viral, bacterial, and parasitic coinfections.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Danny Govender, and Purvance Shikwambana

Sept. 2011  Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Day Seminar, Corvallis, OR
Presenter: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in African Lions (Panthera Leo): Implications for coinfections and immunity.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Danny Govender, and Purvance Shikwambana

Mar. 201 Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife Conference, New Orleans, LA
Presenter: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in free-ranging African lions: a survey of viral, bacterial, and parasitic coinfections.
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, Danny Govender, and Purvance Shikwambana

Jan. 2010  Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar Series, Corvallis, OR
Presenter: Bactericidal Activity in African buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Authors: Heather Broughton, Anna Jolles, and Brianna Beechler

Biography

Prior to my arrival at our beautiful OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon, I completed my bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, with a minor in Spanish, at University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. It was during that time, and through the course of a study abroad with University of Pretoria’s Vets-in-the-Wild program in South Africa, that I decided on a career trajectory in disease ecology with a focus on One Health – the interconnectedness of human, wildlife, domestic animal, and environmental health.

After my undergraduate degree, I went on to complete a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in mixed animal practice at Oregon State University, as well as a PhD in Integrative Biology – Disease Ecology. My PhD research took me back to South Africa, where I studied the impacts of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) for coinfection dynamics, immunity, and health in African lions. During that degree, I also worked with side projects examining innate immunity in African Cape buffalo infected with Mycobacterium bovis (bovine tuberculosis); helped to conduct river health surveys as a means to determine environmental toxicants that have contributed to mass die-offs of Nile crocodiles; helped on a field project examining the impacts of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in desert bighorn sheep; and performed a structured survey investigating disease prevalence in feral cats of Portland, Oregon.

At Oregon State University - Cascades, my current research has returned to its One Health roots. In addition to a conservation project that seeks to establish baselines for health measures in captive red wolves as a means to better diagnose chronic medical issues, my primary research focuses on the impacts of climate change for wildlife and human health. Specifically, I am part of a National Geographic study examining the effects of sea ice loss for structuring prey base in Pacific walruses, as well as the resounding implications of shifting prey base for nutrient availability, immunity, health, and parasite exposure in both walruses and Alaska Native Communities that utilize walruses as a subsistence food source. Our project is part of a collective partnership with the Eskimo Walrus Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Alaska Native Communities of Savoonga and Gambell, Alaska.

Aside from the activities above, I also enjoy working as a relief veterinarian, distance running, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with my family, friends, and four adorable animals (three cats and one dog).

From left to right: Dr. Heather Broughton, Dr. Stephanie Edwards Caruana, and Dr. Tanya Kerr on their lion PhD projects in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Publications

Publications in Press or Review

Beechler B, Broughton H, Bell A, Ezenwa V, and Jolles, A. 2012. Innate Immunity in Free-Ranging African Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer): Associations with Parasite Infection and White Blood Cell Counts. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85(3): 255–264.

Broughton H, Govender D, Shikwambana P, Chappell P, and Jolles A.  2017.  Bridging Gaps Between Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Establishing Reference Intervals for Free-ranging African Lions (Panthera leo). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 48(2): 298-311.

Orr, M., Weber, N., Noone, O., Porter, T., Broughton, H. Short-term responses to beaver dam analogs on a low-gradient stream lacking woody riparian vegetation.  In review: Restoration Ecology

Broughton H, Govender D, Shikwambana P, Serrano E, Jolles A. Equal contributions of feline immunodeficiency virus and associated coinfections to morbidity in free-ranging African lions (Panthera leo). In revision - ProcB.

Publications in Prep

Broughton H, Govender D, Ferreira S, Gorsich E, Shikwambana P, Jolles A. (In prep). Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Structures Parasite and Pathogen Communities in African Lions (Panthera leo).  Intended journal: Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

Broughton H, Kennon L, Jin L, O’Reiley K, Bishop-Stewart J, Gordon J, Jolles A. (In prep). Integrative Approaches to the Epidemiological Curriculum: A Student Designed Survey of Disease Prevalence in Feral Cats (Felis catus). Intended journal: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

Grants

External Awards

2019  FY2019 Recovery Funding – Department of the Interior (submitted March 2019; pending regional funding) – Co-Investigator
Project: Central Oregon West Nile Virus Monitoring Project
Budget: $70,000
PIs: Ron Reuter, Oregon State University Cascades; Heather Broughton, Oregon State University Cascades; Emily Weidner, Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; Erin Gorsich, University of Warrick

2018  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Grant (submitted June 2018; funded August 2018) – Co-Investigator
Project: Whisker Growth Dynamics in Pacific Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) Under Human Care
Budget: $1,250
PIs: Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University; Heather Broughton, Oregon State University – Cascades; Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University; Kadie Anderson, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

2018  National Geographic Society Grant (submitted March 2018; funded August 2018) – Principal Investigator
Project: Dietary adaptations to climate change: Implications for immunity and parasite burden in the Pacific walrus
Budget: $30,000
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University – Cascades; Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University; Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University

2017  North Pacific Research Board - RFP (submitted December 2017; not funded) – Principal Investigator
Project: Characterization of parasite community and coinfection in the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in Alaska
Budget: $341,022
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University – Cascades; Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University; Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University; Amy Bishop, Alaska SeaLife Center

2016  Morris Animal Foundation Established Investigator Grant (submitted November 2016; not funded) – Co-investigator
Project: Changing Climates and the Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens): Impacts of Shifting Ecological Strategies on Parasite Community
Budget: $174,474
PIs: Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University; Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University

2016  Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship Training Grant (submitted November 2016; not funded) - Fellow
Project: Changing Climates and the Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens): Impacts of Shifting Ecological Strategies on Parasite Community
Budget: $50,000
PIs: Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University; Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University

2012  Morris Animal Foundation Graduate Training Fellowship (submitted December 2011; funded March 2012) - Co-Investigator
Project: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in African lions (Panthera leo): health, immunity, and coinfections
Budget: $96,000
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Anna Jolles, Oregon State University; Danny Govender, SANSPARK Scientific Services, Kruger Park, South Africa

2010  Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar Fellowship (submitted January 2010; funded March 2010) - Co-Investigator
Project: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in free-ranging African lions: a survey of viral, bacterial, and parasitic coinfections.
Budget: $4,000
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Anna Jolles, Oregon State University; Danny Govender, SANSPARK Scientific Services, Kruger Park, South Africa

Internal Awards

2019  Layman Fellowship Award (submitted November 2018; funded January 2019) – Faculty Mentor
Project: Fecal cortisol as a tool for measuring stress in Pacific walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens)
Budget: $2500
PIs: Breanna Caywood (mentee); Heather Broughton, Oregon State University – Cascades (mentor); Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University; Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University

2018  College of Veterinary Medicine Research Grant (submitted January 2018; not funded) – Co-Investigator
Project: One Health in the Arctic: the intersection between changing climates, Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and native communities.
Budget: $10,000
PIs: Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University; Sheanna Steingass, Oregon State University; Heather Broughton, Oregon State University – Cascades

2013  OSU Graduate Internationalization Grant (submitted May 2013; funded June 2013) – Co-Investigator
Project: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in African lions (Panthera leo): health, immunity, and coinfections
Budget: $2,000
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Anna Jolles, Oregon State University; Danny Govender, SANSPARK Scientific Services, Kruger Park, South Africa

2011  Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Fellowship (submitted January 2011; funded March 2011) - Co-Investigator
Project: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in African Lions (Panthera Leo): Implications for coinfections and immunity (follow-up pilot study)
Budget: $1,000
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Anna Jolles, Oregon State University; Danny Govender, SANSPARK Scientific Services, Kruger Park, South Africa

2010  Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Fellowship (submitted January 2010; funded March 2010) - Co-Investigator
Project: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in free-ranging African lions: a survey of viral, bacterial, and parasitic coinfections.
Budget: $1,000
PIs: Heather Broughton, Oregon State University; Anna Jolles, Oregon State University; Danny Govender, SANSPARK Scientific Services, Kruger Park, South Africa

2009  Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Fellowship (submitted January 2009; funded March 2009) - Co-Investigator
Project: Bactericidal Activity in African buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Budget: $4,000
PIs: Anna Jolles, Oregon State University; Brianna Beechler, Oregon State University; Heather Broughton, Oregon State University

University Service

2019  Undergraduate Curriculum Council, Oregon State University – Cascades
2019  Biochemistry Instructor Search Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2019  Peer Review of Teaching Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2018  Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2018  Research Excellence Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2018  Research Excellence Research Community Subcommittee, Oregon State University - Cascades
2018  Lab Preparator Search Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  Research Excellence Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  Research Excellence Website Subcommittee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  Research Excellence Research Community Subcommittee, Oregon State University - Cascades
2017  Diversity Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  Diversity in Arts Committee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  DACA Support Subcommittee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  Black History Month Subcommittee, Oregon State University – Cascades
2017  Faculty Mentor, Oregon State University – Cascades
2016  Winter Wonderings, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University
2015  Integrative Biology Club, Graduate Student Chapter, Integrative Biology Department, Oregon State University
2009  President Wildlife Disease Association Student Chapter, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
2009  Pet Day Itinerary Committee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
2008  Webmaster for Zoo, Wildlife, and Exotics Club, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
2008  Student Veterinary Medical Association Member, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University

Professional Service

2018  Wildlife Disease Association – Member and participant as a board certified veterinarian in Washington
2017  American Veterinary Medical Association – Member and participant as a board-certified veterinarian in Washington
2017  Functional Ecology – Journal reviewer
2017  Mammalian Biology – Journal reviewer

Awards

2016  Robert and Clarice MacVicar Animal Health Scholar Award
College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University ($6,000)

2011  Best Student Presentation at Biomedical Sciences Research Day for “Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in African Lions (Panthera Leo): Implications for coinfections and immunity”, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University ($2,000)

Outreach and Community Involvement

Sampling Nile crocodiles as part of a larger river health study attempting to determine the causes behind mass die-offs of crocodiles throughout northeast South Africa.

2019  Hello Vet Relief Veterinarian, Bend, OR
As a relief veterinarian, I take shifts at local veterinary clinics providing general medicine to the community as a means to provide clinicians with much-needed breaks from their practices.

2018  Humane Society of Central Oregon, Bend, OR
Volunteer veterinarian to help on an as-needed basis with preventative health care, wellness exams, medical treatments, and basic elective surgeries.

2017  Vetco Preventative Health Clinics, Portland, OR
Clinic veterinarian to help provide basic, low-cost preventative health care for animals of northern Oregon and southern Washington.

2015  Pro-Bone-O Veterinary Clinic, Eugene, OR
Volunteered as a veterinarian to help provide basic preventative health care for the animals of low-income or homeless community members.

2014  Crocodile and River Health Study, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Helped in the capture and collection of samples for crocodile and river health analyses.

2014  Probono Veterinary Clinic for Low-income Community Members, Corvallis, OR
Volunteered as a veterinarian to help provide basic preventative health care for the animals of low-income or homeless community members.

2013  Desert Bighorn Disease Study, Mohave National Preserve, CA
Helped process blood and fecal samples for functional immune assays, health measures, and gastrointestinal parasite diagnosis.

2006  Raptor Refuge, Laramie, WY
Helped to rehabilitate and release injured and sick wild birds of prey. Also helped care for education birds that could not be released.