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.

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August 2015
- Congrats to student authors Alexandra Hess, Caroline McAllister, Joseph DeMarchi, Makenzie Zidek, and Julie Murone in getting our Bio 590 research project published

April 2015
- Congrats to Alexandra Hess (1st place, Oral Presentation, Environmental Biology) and Jordan Gaston (1st place, Poster Presentation, Biology) on their research awards at the regional Sigma Xi conference.

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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