Deadly Amphibian Diseases: Occurrence of Bd and Rv in Central Oregon’s landscape

My Master’s research is concentrating on two deadly amphibian diseases: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (also known as chytrid fungus), and Ranavirus.

These two pathogens, along with other anthropogenic factors (habitat loss, pollution, climate change, etc) are causing many amphibian species to become threatened, endangered, and even extinct.

By using environmental DNA I am sampling for these two pathogens across the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, not only am I looking at disease presence, but also how climate change and other abiotic or biotic factors may affect the presence and spread of pathogens over space and time.


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Carson Lillard
Graduate Research Assistant // Oregon State University & US Forest Service
I am a graduate student at Oregon State University who is passionate about amphibian conservation. You can find more of my writing at The Trail Grail Outdoor Adventurer blog.

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