My research focuses on the anthropogenic movement of amphibian pathogens through trade. Specifically, I use the tiger salamander bait trade in western North America as a model for understanding the movement of pathogens through commercial trade. I am studying the prevalence and movement of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and ranaviruses through the bait trade (salamander larvae used as fish bait), whether infected animals are released into the wild, and whether bait trade ranaviruses can switch hosts to infect fish. By understanding the human-mediated movement of amphibian pathogens, we can predict future outbreaks, take measures to protect declining populations, and prevent the spread of disease.
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