Wildlife Tech Class of 2019
Mentor: Chris Nagy (MRG)
Project: Distribution and risk of chytrid fungus outbreak in MRG’s amphibian community
Project Status: Ongoing
Project Description: Will Cranier (Hackley School) was mentored by Zach Gajewski, a Ph.D. student from Virginia Tech and a recipient of our Research Assistantship Program grant. Zach and Will are studying the distribution of the chytrid fungus – a destructive pathogenic fungus that infects and kills many amphibian species — in our vernal pools, and potential microbial symbionts that could help the amphibians heal from the effects of the fungus.