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The Institute: It’s not easy being green!

April 22, 2021
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@ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

It’s Not Easy Being Green! This program examines the relationship between Chytrid Fungi and Amphibians: Causes, Consequences and Conservation Strategies.

The program is presented in partnership with Antietam Watershed Association (AWA).

Join The Institute on Zoom for this special Earth Day presentation! Learn why it’s not easy being green.

Its not easy being green
Dr. Molly Bletz

With a focus on amphibians, Dr. Molly Bletz has studied wildlife and disease around the globe; from the U.S. to Panama to Germany to Madagascar. She has investigated disease dynamics, host susceptibility, the ecology of host-associated microbiota, and disease mitigation strategies. Dr. Bletz is a disease ecologist and conservation biologist whose expertise lies at the intersection of microbial ecology, disease ecology, bioinformatics, and conservation.

Simply expressed, Dr. Bletz is a “frog expert.”

She will present her layman’s version of amphibian ecology and the relationship of this to the threats of climate change.

”Since childhood, I have been drawn to outdoor adventures,” Dr. Bletz says on her website. “They often found me with a bucket and net in hand to catch and observe unsuspecting amphibians. My passion for amphibians and other wildlife sparked my scientific career.”

Dr. Bletz is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow with the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned a master’s degree from James Madison University and a PhD from the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany.

The program is free, but registration is required. A Zoom meeting link will be sent to those registered. Sign up via email at:[email protected].


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