The R-Z lab has had the opportunity to give several interviews with the popular press recently, including the impact of chytrid fungus on amphibian species (Panama; Pennsylvania) and working with FrogWatch USA volunteers.
Dr. Laura Brannelly, a Postdoc in the RZ lab, was recently awarded the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. This prestigious fellowship is designed to support excellent basic and applied research, and advance promising early career researchers. This is a fantastic opportunity for Laura, but bitter-sweet for […]
Dr. Karie Altman has joined the Richards-Zawacki lab as a postdoctoral research associate. Karie recently received her PhD from Oakland University in Michigan, where she studied disease ecology and thermal biology. Prior to her PhD work, Karie received a BS from Madonna University. Welcome to the R-Z lab Karie!
Matt Robak, a recent RZ lab alum, published a paper in the March 2018 issue of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. The research described in this publication documents how temperature and the skin microbial community affect the susceptibility of northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans) to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) infection.
Defying disease: Panama’s frogs are fighting back Many infectious diseases can fade away after initial outbreaks. Bubonic plague, cholera, and influenza are examples from recent human history. The same phenomenon occurs for wildlife diseases as well. How does this happen? One popular explanation is that the pathogen evolves to become less deadly, so […]
The R-Z Lab is excited to host a new lab member: Ashley Cecil is a Pittsburgh-based artist and illustrator specializing in paintings of flora and fauna that illustrate the interconnectedness between the natural world and its inhabitants. Ashley will join our lab in January of 2018 for a 6-month residency as part […]
Julia Sonn, a recent PhD graduate from our lab, recently published a paper in the December 2017 issue of the journal EcoHealth. In this publication, Julia describes an experiment testing the effect of temperature on Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) infection of Northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans).