Jef Jaeger, associate professor in residence in the UNLV School of Life Sciences, will speak at an upcoming Science Café Las Vegas. His talk is titled, "A Primer on the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus in Southern Nevada."
Among the drivers of worldwide amphibian declines is an aquatic fungal pathogen, informally known as chytrid. This fungus has been widely described as the most devastating panzootic and one of the deadliest wildlife pathogens ever documented. In Southern Nevada, however, high seasonal temperatures often exceed the thermal tolerance of chytrid, and it was erroneously thought that these high temperatures limited the pathogen in the region. Recent field sampling, however, has shown chytrid to be present in populations of frogs and toads across much of southern Nevada, and in two species of conservation concern. In this talk, the prevalence and intensity of infections in regional frogs and toads will be described, along with findings from research into the impacts of chytrid on the relict leopard frog – a species under intense conservation management. Experiments currently underway to improve survivorship of relict leopard frogs used in augmentation and translocations will also be discussed.
Come join others for a lively science discussion, delicious food, and fun. Come at 6:30 p.m. to order your food and mingle. Those under 21 are welcome.