Olsen, Glenn (Active)
United States Geological Survey
Disease - Avian or Mammalian Species
Glenn was born in northern Illinois and learned at an early age his interest in wildlife and birds. He went to local schools and then received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 1981, after his MS Wildlife Biology at the University of Massachusetts in 1980. His MS thesis involved physiological radio telemetry of beaver utilizing implanted transmitters. Glenn got his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology in 1983 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His dissertation dealt with the reproductive life and populations of raccoons. Glenn’s professional experience includes employment as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (1983-1987). This was followed by work in the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Technical Support Branch as Section Leader, 1987-89, where another WBFC member, Matthew Perry, was his supervisor. This was followed by employment by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge Management Branch(1990-1994), two years with the National Biological Survey (1994-1996) and currently with the Systematics, Contaminants and Endangered Species Branch of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. Glenn has membership in many Professional Organizations including The Wildlife Society, North American Crane Working Group (board member, passed treasurer and president), Wildlife Disease Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians (former board member, president 1995-1996, currently chair of the research committee), and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Glenn’s research interests include crane ecology, crane reintroduction, bird behavior and migration mechanisms (especially learned migration in swans, geese, and cranes), seaduck ecology, raptor ecology, and disease as an aspect of wildlife biology. Glenn has published numerous scientific papers concerning diseases, veterinary care, and surgery in regard to implantable transmitters for use in satellite tracking of many species of birds. He also is the co-author of several books and book chapters on subjects of rabbit husbandry to avian medicine. Glenn became a member of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 2006.