By Phil Jervis As part of my MRes Tropical Forest Ecology course I was required to undertake a research project involving an extended fieldwork component. After getting in touch with Prof. Mat Fisher and Dr. Andres Merino-Viteri from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) in Quito, I set about designing a project which would investigate … More Ecuador 2017
By Steve Allain Until recently, Madagascar was thought to be free from the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis; hereafter Bd), which has caused devastation worldwide. For those of you who aren’t aware of the threat the disease poses to amphibians, approximately 200 species have already undergone extinctions or extirpations due in some part to chytrid. … More Tracking Chytrid in Madagascar
By Jenny Shelton After two and a half years in Mat Fisher’s group researching amphibian fungal pathogens Bd and Bsal it is now my time to bid farewell to the herpetology world. In October I started a PhD, with Mat as my primary supervisor, as part of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet … More Goodbye from me!
By Pria Ghosh Every year of my PhD, I pack up my bags and as much of the lab as I can carry and make my way to Potchefstroom, a town about two hours away from Johannesburg in the North West Province of South Africa. There, I settle down in the sunshine at North West … More Cross-continental collaborations for Bd research
By Lola Brookes To answer very complex questions regarding virulence, diversity and spread of chytridiomycosis, we have to be able to track the disease through the individual and populations. This means that our research does involve looking at amphibians that have been deliberately and directly infected with chytrids in controlled set ups, in laboratories. … More Working With Experimental Animals (Part 1)
By Jenny Shelton Nearly a week has passed since returning from my fortnight in Taiwan and my mind is still alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds and smells of the island. Some highlights include the beautiful fireflies that emerge at dusk, a tunnel full of bats that swooped silently above our heads as we passed, … More Tracking down Bd Taiwan- part 2!
By Jenny Shelton Following on from a very successful 10 day trip in April 2016, I am excited to say that I will be returning to Taiwan in two weeks’ time as a National Geographic Young Explorer! Last year I accompanied Dr. Dirk Schmeller, Guest professor in Conservation Biology at National Taiwan University; Lin … More Tracking Down Bd Taiwan