Known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns of chytridiomycosis after 10 years of research
A talk by Dr. Jean-March Hero, Deputy Director of the Environmental Futures Centre and Associate Professor, School of Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Large conference room
Global amphibian declines began in Australia with the mysterious disappearance of the Southern Day Frog (Taudactylus diurnus) in 1979. Twenty years later, the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) was described and documented as a pathogenic fungus. This pandemic pathogen has now been recorded throughout most regions of the world and has been directly linked to devastating declines and extinctions in many amphibians. Dr. Hero examines the history of global amphibian declines and the role of this novel pathogen in explaining these declines: the known knowns (what has been learned in the last 10 years), the known unknowns (what scientists still do not know), and the unknown unknowns (what can be done to prevent future wildlife disease epidemics). His current research focuses on the continuing and chronic impacts of chytrid, which is now endemic in many populations, and solutions for controlling the disease in captivity and in the wild. Managers can use this research to prevent the introduction of novel pathogens and mitigate wildlife epidemics in the future.
The presentation is open to all interested faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.
Lunch will be provided.
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Sponsor(s): Center for Tropical Research