Patricia A. Burrowes

We Study:  The mechanisms involved in host-pathogen relationships. Specifically, using the Amphibian-Chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis =Bd)  system.

Our work:  Expands from the organisms and their environments to the use of molecular biology techniques to detect pathogen loads and  investigate the evolution of immune defense.

 

Where?: Although our interest is mainly in tropical direct-developing frogs (like the Puerto Rican coquis), we have projects in the South American Andes (Bolivia) and in Argentina.

 

Factors considered: Prevalence and Infection intensity associated with microhabitat, climate change, ontogeny, phylogeny, skin microbiome, thermal ecophysiology and more!

 

The Host

Main Characters

Eleutherodactylus coqui
 

The Pathogen

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

The Habitat

Tropical mountain forests