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 typically 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!

October 2016: Our CORT x Bd paper coauthored by Julie Murone ('16, Bio) and Joe DeMarchi ('16, Bio) has been published. Check it out!

September 2016: In addition to my senior comp students, I'll have Leah, Natali, Sarah, and Anna (my first 1st year student!) to the lab this year. We had our first meeting and our CORT x metabolism project has officially started!

Contact Information

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

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