About Us : Ruth Ewing, D.V.M.

Ruth Ewing, D.V.M.

Ruth Ewing is a veterinarian trained in pathology and forensics. Dr. Ewing has worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as a member of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program for 26 years. For almost twenty years, she has been the primary investigator in the examination and evaluation of stranded aquatic animals for clinical and diagnostic signs of disease. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marine and Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Biology and Chemistry from Hampton University, Hampton, VA. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and completed her Pathology Residency training in Combined Postdoctoral and Diagnostic Comparative Anatomic Pathology Program, University of Miami, Department of Pathology, Division of Comparative Pathology. Dr. Ewing works as a veterinary medical officer and examiner for the NMFS, in the Protected Resources Division coordinating and implementing pathological and epidemiological investigations of marine animal stranding events in the US southeast region. The evaluation of diseases within free-ranging populations of marine mammals allows a better overall understanding of the population biology, in order to properly establish management and conservation decisions in accordance with NMFS mandated responsibilities to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.


Colegrove KM, S Venn-Watson, J Litz, M J Kinsel, KA Terio, E Fougeres, R Ewing, DA Pabst, WA McLellan, S Raverty, J Saliki, S Fire, G Rappucci, S Bowen-Stevens, L Noble, A Costidis, M Barbieri, C Field, S Smith, RH Carmichael, C Chevis, W Hatchett, D Shannon, M Tumlin, G Lovewell, W McFee, TK Rowles. Fetal distress and in utero pneumonia in perinatal dolphins during the Northern Gulf of Mexico unusual mortality event. 2016. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 119:1-16.

Venn-Watson S, K. M. Colegrove, J. Litz, M. Kinsel, K. Terio, J. Saliki, S Fire, R. Carmichael, C. Chevis, W. Hatchett, J. Pitchford, M. Tumlin, C. Field, S. Smith, R. Ewing, D. Fauquier, G. Lovewell, H. Whitehead, D. Rotstein, W. McFee, , E. Fougeres, T. Rowles Adrenal gland and lung lesions in Gulf of Mexico common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) found dead following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 2015. PLOS ONE 10 (5): e0126538. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0126538

Hower S., M. C. Philips, M. Brodsky, A. Dameron, M. Tamargo, N. C. Salazar, C. R. Jackson, M. Davidson, J. Davis, S. Mukherjee, R.Y. Ewing, M. Gidley, C. Sinigalliano, L .Johns, F.E. Johnson III, O. Adebanjo and L.R.W. Plano, Clonally related methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolated from short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), human volunteers, and a bayfront cetacean rehabilitation facility. 2013. Microbial Ecology. 65: 1024. doi:10.1007/s00248-013-0178-3