My masters research explores the environmental tolerances of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in Ontario wetlands. Bd is an aquatic chytrid fungus and an important pathogen of amphibians - in heavy infections it causes a fatal disease known as chytridiomycosis, which has been implicated in multiple population extirpations and extinctions in the southern hemisphere. Very little is currently known about Bd in Canada, although infected populations of amphibians have been identified in several provinces. Increasing our knowledge of the environmental factors affecting Bd in Canadian surface waters will help us understand the factors governing these infected populations, and may give us better tools for preventing or reducing potential outbreaks of chytridiomycosis.
Before joining the Murray lab I worked with aquatic insects, mosses and lichens, and Sable Island horses (in sequence, not all at once). I’m trying to blackout my taxa bingo card.