Molly Bletz 

Arbeitsgruppe AG Vences
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2007-2011 – BS in Biology, minor in environmental science, Messiah College, Grantham, PA, USA

2011-2013 – MS in Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA 
Thesis Title: "Probiotic bioaugmentation of an anti-Bd bacteria, Janthinobacterium lividum, on the amphibian, Notophthalmus viridescens: transmission efficacy and persistence of the probiotic on the host and non-target effects of probiotic addition on ecosystem components" Advisor: Dr. Reid Harris

2013- May 2014 – Research Associate, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA 
Project title: "Taxonomic, genetic, and functional diversity of amphibian skin microbes, effects of pathogen exposure on skin microbiota, and links between microbial diversity and function".

Research interests:

Microbial ecology, conservation biology, disease ecology, amphibian conservation, herpetology



Spitzen-van der Sluijs, A., Martel, A., Asselberghs, J., Bales, E. K., Beukema, W., Bletz, M.C., Dalbeck, L., Goverse, E., Kerres, A., Kinet, T., Kirst, K., Laudelout, A., Marin da Fonte, L. F., Nöllert, A., Ohlhoff, D., Sabino-Pinto, J., Schmidt, B. R., Speybroeck, J., Spikmans, F., Steinfartz, S., Veith, M., Vences, M., Wagner, N, Pasmans, F., & Lötters, S. 2016. Expanding distribution of lethal amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Europe. – Emerging Infectious Diseases, 22(7). (DOI: 10.3201/eid2207.160109).

Vences, M., Lyra, M. L., Perl, R. B., Bletz, M. C., Stanković, D., Lopes, C. M., ... & Steinfartz, S. (2016). Freshwater vertebrate metabarcoding on Illumina platforms using double-indexed primers of the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene.Conservation Genetics Resources, 1-5.

Woodhams, D. C., Bletz, M., Kueneman, J., & McKenzie, V. (2016). Managing Amphibian Disease with Skin Microbiota. Trends in microbiology,24(3), 161-164.

Vences, M., Lyra, M. L., Kueneman, J. G., Bletz, M. C., Archer, H. M., Canitz, J., ... & Jarek, M. (2016). Gut bacterial communities across tadpole ecomorphs in two diverse tropical anuran faunas. The Science of Nature,103(3-4), 1-14.

Rebollar, E. A., Antwis, R. E., Becker, M. H., Belden, L. K., Bletz, M. C., Brucker, R. M., ... & McKenzie, V. (2016). Using “omics” and integrated multi-omics approaches to guide probiotic selection to mitigate chytridiomycosis and other emerging infectious diseases. Frontiers in Microbiology7, 68.

Bletz, M. C., Rosa, G. M., Andreone, F., Courtois, E. A., Schmeller, D. S., Rabibisoa, N. H., ... & Edmonds, D. (2015). Consistency of Published Results on the Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Madagascar: Formal Comment on Kolby et al. Rapid Response to Evaluate the Presence of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and Ranavirus in Wild Amphibian Populations in Madagascar. PloS one10(10), e0135900.

J Sabino-Pinto, MC Bletz, R Hendrix, RGB Perl, A Martel, F Pasmans, S Lötters, F Mutschmann, DS Schmeller, BR Schmidt, M Veith, N Wagner, M Vences, S Steinfartz. 2015. First detection of the emerging fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Germany. Amphibia-Reptilia 36 (DOI:10.1163/15685381-00003008).

MC Bletz, EA Rebollar, R N Harris. 2015. Differential efficiency among DNA extraction methods influences detection of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 113(1):1-8.

DC Woodhams, RA Alford, RE Antwis, H Archer, MH Becker, LK Belden, SC Bell, MC Bletz, JH Daskin, LR Davis,..., R Ibanez, R Knight, J Kueneman, F Rabemananjara, LK Reinert, LA Rollins-Smith, F Roman-Rodriguez, SD Shaw, JB Walke, V Mckenzie. 2015. Antifungal isolates database of amphibian skin-associated bacteria and function against emerging fungal pathogens Ecological Archives E096-059 Ecology. 96(2):2015-595.

MC Bletz, GM Rosa, F Andreone, EA Courtois, DS Schmeller, NHC Rabibisoa, FCE Rabemananjara, L Raharivololoniaina, M Vences, C Weldon, D Edmonds, CJ Raxworthy, RN Harris, MC Fisher, A Crottini. 2015. Widespread presence of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in wild amphibian communities in Madagascar. Scientific Reports. 5, 8633.

MC Bletz
, AH Loudon, MH Becker, S Bell, DC Woodhams, KPC Minbiole, RN Harris. 2013. Mitigating amphibian chytridiomycosis with bioaugmentation: Characteristics of effective probiotics and strategies for their selection and use. Ecology Letters. 16: 807-820.

MC Bletz & RN Harris. 2013. Occurrence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in populations of Notophthalmus viridescens in northwestern Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review. 44: 257-259.

ED Lindquist, MJ Shin, JO Jr Cossel, AMM Stuckert, MC Bletz. 2011. Chytrid in a canopy amphibian: Picado’s Bromeliad Treefrog, Isthmohyla picadoi (Hylidae) persists at a site affected by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Herpetological Review. 42:205-208.