Research Overview

I am interested in the ecology, behavior, and conservation of vertebrates. My research focuses on parasite-induced alterations in host behavior, disease transmission, and host physiological/immunological responses to parasites. I use a combination of molecular, physiological, and ecological laboratory experiments along with field research to examine host-parasite interactions in individuals and within/between populations. 

I primarily use amphibians and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) as a research system. Bd is a pathogenic fungus which causes the disease Chytridiomycosis. This is an emerging infectious disease of amphibians and is one of the factors causing worldwide declines in amphibian populations over the past three decades.

Use the links above to navigate this site and view more details on my current and past research projects, publications, and photos. Enjoy!

News

March 2015
- Getting ready to head to Brazil as an invited speaker for a workshop on the biology/ecology of tadpoles.

February 2015
- My comp group is starting to get some of their data in from their senior research projects. Things are looking great so far -- I anticipate at least 2 manuscripts out of their work. Nice job!

Contact Information

Matthew D. Venesky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
mvenesky@allegheny.edu
Phone: 814-332-2195
Office: Steffe Hall, C.202
Lab: Steffe Hall, B.201A


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