Molly Bletz
PhD Candidate
Technical University of Braunscwheig

Research Interests: amphibian conservation, microbial ecology, disease ecology, conservation biology, herpetology 

My main research interests lie at the intersection of microbial ecology, disease ecology and conservation. I am interested in understanding the microbial ecology of host-associated microbiota and the functional role these communities play in pathogen protection, particularly for amphibians. In particular, I am interested in how this basic ecological understanding can be used to inform wildlife conservation efforts around the world. A deeper understanding of host-associated microbial communities and their role in defense can inform researchers and conservation biologists about how to manipulate the defensive function of symbiotic microbes. This, in turn, can be part of an integrative diease mitigation plan.