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



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.