Molly Bletz, PhD

Boophis albi
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Red-spottedNewt2_Bletz
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Boophis tasymena_edited
scaphio
Molly and Vatuosa swabbing
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Mantidactylus cowani_edited
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Gephyromantis
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Microbial ecology * Disease ecology * Conservation biology * Herpetology

About me: My research lies at the intersection of microbial ecology, disease ecology, and conservation. I work with amphibians, microbes, and pathogens around the world, integrating microbial symbiosis and host immunity research as it relates to disease susceptibility. I am particularly interested in how the interplay of host microbiomes, mucosal defenses, host genetics, and the pathogen shape susceptibility of frogs and salamanders to amphibian chytridiomycosis. By understanding these ecological interactions we can tackle the increasing incidence of emerging infectious diseases that threatens food security and biodiversity. I engage intentionally with managers and federal agencies to guide and translate my research into effective, science-based management and policy related to wildlife health. Please explore the pages above to learn more about my work.

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