Michel Ohmer is an ecophysiologist and disease ecologist who studies the impact of global change on host-pathogen interactions. She seeks to understand why some species and individuals are at a greater risk of disease than others and use this information to predict population-level impacts. Michel’s research explores these questions using amphibians and a widespread fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), to better understand how the host-pathogen relationship is shaped by host physiology, and how environmental change can alter this relationship. As a Living Earth Collaborative postdoctoral fellow, Michel will work to future-proof our predictions of the impacts of disease on amphibian populations in the face of changing global conditions. In collaboration with Lauren Augustine (St. Louis Zoo), Dr. Kim Medley (Washington University), and Drs. Kasey Fowler-Finn and Dan Warren (St. Louis University), Michel will combine measures of amphibian thermal physiology across populations with mechanistic modeling to predict refuges from disease in a changing climate.
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