Mitch was recently awarded Elling funds (a trust in SBS) to support his research on scavengers and disease transmission. Well done!
Brunner, J. L., L. Beaty, A. Guitard, and D. Russel. 2017. Heterogeneities in the infection process drive ranavirus transmission. Ecology 98:576-582.
We finally published our first mesocosm transmission study. This was a long time in coming. The experiment was actually conducted in 2010, right before my son was born and we moved to WSU and oh so many things happened. Samples were screwed up, data were lost. Then making sense of the messy data. On and on it went for years! But thankfully, my wonderful crew of undergraduate assistants—now grad students and professionals—and coauthors never gave up on me. And here it is! Plus, it’s a pretty cool story about what controls transmission!
I’m part of a DoD SERDP grant with Rick Ostfeld (lead) and others. This includes funding for a PhD student to work on tick-host encounters and related questions about how tick ecology is influenced by climate change. See Prospective Students page for a bit more detail.
Kolozsvary, M. B., and J. L. Brunner. 2016. Presence of ranavirus in a created temporary pool complex in southeastern New York, USA. Herpetological Review 47 in press
Take home: RV is present in created pools. How does the ranavirus get there? We don’t know
O’Connor, K. M., T. A. G. Rittenhouse, and J. L. Brunner. 2016. Ranavirus is common in wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles throughout Connecticut. Herpetological Review 47:394-397.
Take home: RV is widespread in CT, but die-offs are rare!
With the growing interest in ranaviruses, Matt Gray and the GRC are offering an online class on ranavirus biology Feb-April 2016. You can find more information and register here. I will be teaching several days of the class, so it will be amazing for sure…
Thanks to Jason Hoverman for hosting me and for everyone else who showed me around, taught me interesting things, and generally made fro a great visit!
Title: “How are they not all dead?” The importance of heterogeneity in the ranavirus-amphibian system
Article for Washington State Magazine, “The Scrambled Natural World of Global Warming, a Travelogue,” featured work on ticks and climate change. (http://wsm.wsu.edu/s/index.php?id=1161)
Article on WSU News, “Saving Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles from pandemic,” focused on ranavirus work. https://news.wsu.edu/2015/06/29/saving-fish-amphibians-reptiles-from-pandemic/
Kolby, J. E., K. M. Smith, S. D. Ramirez, F. Rabemananjara, A. P. Pessier, J. L. Brunner, C. S. Goldberg, L. Berger, and L. F. Skerratt. 2015. Rapid Response to Evaluate the Presence of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and Ranavirus in Wild Amphibian Populations in Madagascar. PLoS ONE 10:e0125330.
Crespi, E. J., L. J. Rissler, N. M. Mattheus, K. Engbrecht, S. I. Duncan, T. Seaborn, E. M. Hall, J. D. Peterson, and J. L. Brunner. 2015. Geophysiology of Wood Frogs: Landscape Patterns of Prevalence of Disease and Circulating Hormone Concentrations across the Eastern Range. Integrative and Comparative Biology 55:602-617.
This started as a side project, but became a long labor of love. There are a lot of surprises in here such as the fact that ranaviruses, which tend to kill the vast majority of wood frogs we expose in the lab, are common in adults returning to breed. I think these persistent infections of an otherwise lethal virus are crucial for ranavirus persistence in highly seasonal populations.