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Who is Dr. Craig Harms?

Craig Harms was born and raised in a small town in northwest Iowa, which being roughly equidistant between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans puts the state at the center of marine research. As an undergraduate at Harvard University he took a year off to work as a research and dive assistant for a graduate student studying octopus and ophiuroid behavioral ecology in the Bahamas. Liking the life style of the fieldwork but recognizing the precarious nature of supporting oneself in a marine benthic ecology career, he cast about for a more stable profession that would still permit him to exercise his general interest in biology, and came up with veterinary medicine. After veterinary school he worked for two years in a small animal practice in Eagle River, AK. In 1991 he was accepted to an internship in exotic, zoo and wildlife medicine at Kansas State University, followed by a residency in zoological medicine with an aquatics emphasis at North Carolina State University. The residency merged into a PhD studying fish immunology, and then a faculty position at NCSU starting in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, based at the coast at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), where he provides clinical services to three NC Aquariums and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, veterinary support to researchers at NCSU CMAST, Duke Marine Laboratory (where he is Adjunct Associate Professor), and the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory, and participates in marine mammal and sea turtle stranding programs. His work life is neatly balanced between clinical service, research and teaching. He has served as President for the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM), and President of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). In his free time I enjoy white water and sea kayaking.

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