Research Overview

I am interested in the ecology, physiology, and behavior of vertebrates (particularly amphibians). My students and I ask questions related to the above topics using host-parasite interactions.

Most of my research is conducted using amphibians and the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Bd causes the emerging infectious disease Chytridiomycosis and it is one of the factors causing worldwide amphibian population declines. In addition to studying amphibians and Bd, my students and I study snails and their trematode parasites as well as ticks, Lyme disease, and small mammals.

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

Lab News

The 2018-2019 academic year is shaping up to be another busy (and productive) year in my lab. Of the 4 papers submitted for publication, the collaborative work with my colleagues in FL has been accepted for publication in Global Change Biology.

September 2017: Collaborative work with the Takahashi Lab using eDNA to detect seasonal patterns of hellbenders, a cryptic aquatic salamander, was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

Contact Information

Matthew D. Venesky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Department of Biology,

Allegheny College

Phone: 814-332-2195

Office: Steffe Hall, C.202

Lab: Steffe Hall, B.201A