I’m a PhD candidate on NERC and the Grantham Institute's Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP program, supervised by Prof. Mat Fisher and Dr. Kris Murray at Imperial College London, and Prof. Che Weldon at North-West University in South Africa.
My resarch focusses on the ecological interactions of lineages of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a fungal pathogen of amphibians. Bd has been described as causing ‘the most devastating loss of vertebrate biodiversity due to disease in recorded history’ but only one of it’s five phylogenetically distinct lineages, BdGPL, is behind all the known mass amphibian mortalities to date. My interest is in establishing whether these lineages are co-existing or competing with each other with a view to increasing our understanding of how the movement of pathogen strains around the world could impact disease epidemiology and host survival.
et al., 2018, Development and worldwide use of non-lethal, and minimal population-level impact, protocols for the isolation of amphibian chytrid fungi, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322
Fisher M, Murray K, 2018, Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines, Science, Vol:360, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:621-627
Ghosh P, Fisher MC, 2016, Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde: Risky hybrid sex by amphibian-parasitizing chytrids in the Brazilian Atlantic Forests, Molecular Ecology, Vol:25, ISSN:1365-294X, Pages:2961-2963
et al., 2015, SURVEILLANCE Emerging disease in UK amphibians, Veterinary Record, Vol:176, ISSN:0042-4900, Pages:468-468