2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Investigation of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection in the Amphibian Communities Present in Crowder State Park

Calvin H. Schaefer
Dr. Chad Montgomery and Dr. Stephen Hudman, Faculty Mentors

Amphibian populations are declining throughout the world. One of the primary causative factors of these declines is the chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). We conducted this study as an investigation of Bd presence within the amphibian communities of Crowder State Park in Grundy, County Missouri. We surveyed for amphibian species at a lake and two ponds to assess the frequency of Bd infection by species and location within the park. Presence of Bd will be determined via a nested PCR. Findings of this project will allow future researchers to determine the relative importance of species and location specific infection levels on management decisions at Crowder State Park.

Keywords: Chytrid fungus, Disease Ecology, Amphibians


Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Poster

Session: 4-11
Location: https://flipgrid.com/7ba08930
Time: 0:00

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