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UT Researcher Leading the Fight to Save Salamanders, 12/11/2015

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Ranavirus Amphibians 
A killer virus is attacking amphibians native to the Smoky Mountains. Our researcher's are studying the impact of the virus, and looking to help the species most vulnerable.


 

Recent Publications

From Chinese giant salamanders to Mississippi gopher frogs: the threat of ranaviruses to global biodiversity.  Gray, M. J.  2016.  Eighth World Congress of Herpetology, Hangzhou, China.

First report of ranavirus and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in green salamanders (Aneides aenus) from Virginia, USA Blackburn, M., J. Wayland, W. H. Smith, J. H. McKenna, M. Harry, M. K. Hamed, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2015.  Herpetological Review, 46:357-361.

Ranavirus infection is a threat to cultured Chinese Giant salamanders (Andrias davidianus) in China.  Geng, Y., M. J. Gray, D. L. Miller, X. X. Liu, Y. Zhou, and Z. H. Yu.  2015.  The 7th Biennial Hellbender Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri.

Ranavirus and ranaviral disease in salamander species in the southeastern USA.  Duffus, A. L. J., L. A. West, M. K. Hines, W. V. Sutton, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Annual Meeting of the Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Jamestown, Kentucky.

Impacts of climate change, human land use, and mercury contamination on Southern Appalachian Plethodontid salamanders.  Hamed, M. K.  2014.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Effects of soil acidification on the distribution of Weller’s and ravine salamander within the Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area, Virginia.  Hamed, M. K., and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Annual Meeting of the Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Jamestown, Kentucky.

Temporal and spatial changes of mercury contamination of black-bellied salamanders (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).  Hamed, M. K., and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Annual Meeting of The Tennessee Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Pikeville, TN.

Spatial and temporal changes of mercury contamination of black-bellied salamanders from Whitetop Mt., Virginia.  Hamed, M. K., and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, TN.

Changes in spatial distribution of plethodontid salamanders along elevation gradients in the Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area from 50 and 20-year resurveys.  Hamed, M. K., W. B. Sutton, and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Annual Meeting of the Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Jamestown, Kentucky.

Changes in spatial distribution of plethodontid salamanders along elevation gradients in the Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area from 50 and 20-year resurveys.  Hamed, M. K., W. B. Sutton, and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, TN.

Changes in spatial distribution of plethodontid salamanders along elevation gradients in the Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area from 50 and 20-year resurveys.  Hamed, M. K., W. B. Sutton, and M. J. Gray.  2014.  Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Herpetological Society.

Trends in Ranavirus Prevalence among Plethodontid Salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sutton, W. B., M. J. Gray, J. T. Hoverman, R. G. Secrist, P. Super, R. H. Hardman, J. L. Tucker, and D. L. Miller.  2014.  EcoHealth, DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0994-z.