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Disease Ecology of Amphibians

Orange-eyed treefrog

Our group studies the disease ecology of amphibians with particular emphasis on innate immune defenses and conservation initiatives. We are currently investigating how the skin microbiota may function in host protection and studying the microbial ecology of amphibian skin in terms of persistence, community dynamics, disturbance, and interaction with host immune defenses.

Research themes

  • The interaction between microbiota and amphibian immune defenses
  • The emergence of chytridiomycosis in Panama
  • The regulation of antimicrobial skin peptides
  • Bioaugmentation as a potential management strategy for emerging disease

Head of the group (former): Dr. Douglas C. Woodhams

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