Laura’s current research involves studying the effects that disease has on reproduction in a declining native Australian amphibian species, the alpine tree frog. She is interested in how animals cope with and continue to persist in the face of devastating disease.
One mechanism of population persistence is increased reproductive effort. She aims to use the knowledge from her fieldwork and experiments to improve conservation efforts for amphibians. Laura received her a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and Bachelor of Science in ecology and evolutionary biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010. She went on to complete her Masters of Science in environmental biology from Tulane University in 2011 where she participated in a number of amphibian projects including clinical chemotherapy trials for treating Bd, studying non-amphibian hosts of the amphibian chytrid fungus, quantifying sub-lethal effects of disease, and determining best practice methods for marking amphibians. Laura received her Ph.D. at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland Australia in 2016. For her Ph.D. research, she explored the interactions between frogs, disease, and the management of critically endangered species. She explored pathogenesis of disease on understudied and endangered species, as well as determining mechanisms of population persistence. She hopes to be able to directly use the information generated from her research to further conservation efforts to protect Australia’s declining frog species. Laura was a postdoctoral research fellow from 2016-2018 at the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki. Her research there focused on the effects of climate change on amphibian species and communities, specifically investigating the effects of pond drying on the amphibian immune system and physiology. She also explored disease dynamics in local amphibian populations through different sites and seasons in an effort to help predict impacts of disease on populations in the face of a changing environment.Laura’s research interests include amphibians, wildlife disease, endangered species, conservation, and chytridiomycosis. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms of population persistence for species declining due to disease, particularly with species and populations that have not developed an effective immune response. She is interested in the interactions between chytridiomycosis and amphibian reproduction. Laura is interested in directly combining academic research into management strategies for the protection of endangered species.
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Effects of hydroperiod on growth, development, survival and immune defences in a temperate..
Susceptibility of frogs to chytridiomycosis correlates with increased levels of immunomodu..
Genetic potential for disease resistance in critically endangered amphibians decimated by ..
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Optimized Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis DNA extraction of swab samples results in imperfect detection particularly when infection intensities are low.
Laura A Brannelly, Daniel P Wetzel, Matt West, Corinne L Richards-Zawacki
Journal article | 2020 | Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Accurate detection of the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is critical for wildlife disease research;..
Effects of hydroperiod on growth, development, survival and immune defences in a temperate amphibian
Laura A Brannelly, Michel EB Ohmer, Veronica Saenz, Corinne L Richards-Zawacki
Journal article | 2019 | Functional Ecology
The many and varied effects of human‐induced environmental change have the potential to threaten animal biodiversity and species a..
Disease and the Drying Pond: Examining Possible Links among Drought, Immune Function, and Disease Development in Amphibians
Amanpreet K Kohli, Alexa L Lindauer, Laura A Brannelly, Michel EB Ohmer, Cori Richards-Zawacki, Louise Rollins-Smith, Jamie Voyles
Journal article | 2019 | Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
Artificial reproduction using leuprolide acetate in the frog Rana pipiens
Laura A Brannelly, Michel EB Ohmer, Corinne L Richards-Zawacki
Journal article | 2019 | Herpetological Journal
Procuring offspring from captive animals can be important for research and conservation efforts. Yet, reliable methods for obtaini..
The efficacy and pharmacokinetics of terbinafine against the frog-killing fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis)
Alexandra A Roberts, Lee Berger, Sherryl G Robertson, Rebecca J Webb, Tiffany A Kosch, Michael McFadden, Lee F Skerratt, Beverley D Glass, Cherie A Motti, Laura A Brannelly
Journal article | 2019 | Medical Mycology
After the epidemic: Ongoing declines, stabilizations and recoveries in amphibians afflicted by chytridiomycosis
Ben C Scheele, Lee F Skerratt, Laura F Grogan, David A Hunter, Nick Clemann, Michael McFadden, David Newell, Conrad J Hoskin, Graeme R Gillespie, Geoffrey W Heard, Laura Brannelly, Alexandra A Roberts, Lee Berger
Journal article | 2017 | Biological Conservation
Priorities for management of chytridiomycosis in Australia: saving frogs from extinction
Lee F Skerratt, Lee Berger, Nick Clemann, Dave A Hunter, Gerry Marantelli, David A Newell, Annie Philips, Michael McFadden, Harry B Hines, Ben C Scheele, Laura A Brannelly, Rick Speare, Stephanie Versteegen, Scott D Cashins, Matt West
Journal article | 2016 | Wildlife Research
Susceptibility of amphibians to chytridiomycosis is associated with MHC class II conformation
Arnaud Bataille, Scott D Cashins, Laura Grogan, Lee F Skerratt, David Hunter, Michael McFadden, Benjamin Scheele, Laura A Brannelly, Amy Macris, Peter S Harlow, Sara Bell, Lee Berger, Bruce Waldman
Journal article | 2015 | Proc Biol Sci
Chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has nonamphibian hosts and releases chemicals that cause pathology in the absence of infection
Taegan A McMahon, Laura A Brannelly, Matthew WH Chatfield, Pieter TJ Johnson, Maxwell B Joseph, Valerie J McKenzie, Corinne L Richards-Zawacki, Matthew D Venesky, Jason R Rohr
Journal article | 2013 | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Research Fellow, Wildlife Health (Arc Decra)
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
James Cook University of North Queensland
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology