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LAURA A. BRANNELLY Department of Biological Sciences University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States [email protected] EDUCATION 2016 PhD, James Cook University, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Selection for immunity to improve the reintroduction success in amphibians threatened by chytridiomycosis. (Advisors: Lee Berger, Lee Skerratt, David Hunter) 2011 M.S., Tulane University, Environmental Biology. Clinical trials with itraconazole as a treatment for chytrid fungal infections in amphibians. (Advisor: Corinne Richards-Zawacki) 2010 B.S., Tulane University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology B.A., Tulane University, Anthropology. (Cum Laude) RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 2016 2012-2016 2010-2012 2010-2011 2010-2011 Post Doctoral Researcher, Richards-Zawacki Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. PhD Research, James Cook University, Laboratory of Drs Lee Berger and Lee Skerratt Biology Technician, Tulane University, Laboratory of Corinne Richards-Zawacki. Laboratory Manager, Tulane University, Laboratory of Corinne RichardsZawacki. Masters Research, Tulane University, Laboratory of Corinne Richards-Zawacki. RESEARCH SKILLS DNA extraction; qPCR analysis and troubleshooting; protein extraction and analysis; in vitro culturing of Bd; animal husbandry; laboratory infection trials; Capture mark recapture monitoring and large data set analysis; Statistical programs such as nichemapper and Program MARK; statistical analysis and effect size; histological examination of hematopoietic tissue, skin and gonads; immunohistochemistry; immunological assays such as PHA, blood killing assays, levage assays; Bacterial community analysis; ELISA assays, scientific writing; conference presentation; grant writing; managing a laboratory and undergraduate researchers; training and mentoring undergraduate researchers; running weekly laboratory meeting; persistence and patience TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2016 2015 2014 – 2015 2012 2012 2012 2011 Laboratory course co-coordinator, Vertebrate Morphology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Lecturer, Ecology subject BZ1001, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Lecturer, Health Science subjects HS2402 and HS2401, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Adjunct Lecturer, Diversity of Life Lab, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Adjunct Lecturer, General Biology Lab, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Instructor, From Hypotheses to Conclusions: Experiments in Science, Duke University Talent Identification Program, at Austin College, Sherman, Texas, United States. Term 1 and 2. Teaching Assistant, Diversity of Life Lab, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 International Wildlife Disease Association Conference. Ithaca, New York, United States Australian Society of Herpetology, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Ecological Society of Australia. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. International Wildlife Disease Association Conference. Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Wildlife Disease Association Australasian Conference. Birrigai, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (ORAL) 2015 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 Amphibian Disease Meeting. Arizona State University, Arizona, United States. Chytridiomycosis Workshop Coordinator. International Wildlife Disease Association Conference. Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Amphibian Disease Meeting. Arizona State University, Arizona, United States. Corroboree Frog Recovery Meeting. NSW Environment and Heritage, Canberra, Australia. Amphibian Disease Meeting. Arizona State University, Arizona, United States. Louisiana Herpetological Meeting, Louisiana University Marine Consortium, Louisiana, United States. FUNDING SUCCESS 2016 2015 2015 2015 2013 Graduate Research Scheme, James Cook University, Internal university funding program Ecological Society of Australia Student Travel Award Graduate Research Scheme, James Cook University, Internal university funding program Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship (Highly Commended) James Cook University International Research Scholarship GRANT SUCCESS 2014 2011 Wildlife Queensland Research Grant Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Research Grant SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS From 2012 From 2013 From 2013 Ecological Society of Australia Wildlife Disease Association Australian Society of Herpetology INDICES (AS OF OCTOBER 2016) Citations H-index RG Score 206 8 22.39 PUBLICATIONS Brannelly LA, Roberts AA, Skerratt LF, Berger L. Pathology of chytridiomycosis in amphibians: role of epidermal apoptosis in host outcomes. In review. Brannelly LA, Martin G, Llwelyn J, Skerratt LF, Berger L. Age and size dependent susceptibility to chytridiomycosis in the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina). In review. Brannelly LA, Hunter DA, Skerratt LF, Scheele BC, Lenger D, McFadden MS, Harlow PS, Berger L. 2016. Chytrid infecton and post-release fitness in the reintroduction of an endangered alpine tree frog. Animal Conservation. 19(2):153-162 Skerratt LF, Berger L, Clemann N, Hines HB, Hunter DA, Marantelli G, McFadden M, Newell DA, Philips A, Scheele BC, Brannelly LA, Speare R, Versteegen S, Cashins SD, West M. Priorities for management of chytridiomycosis in Australia: saving frogs from extinction. Wildlife Research. 43(2) 105-120 Brannelly LA, Webb R, Skerratt LF, Berger L. 2016. Amphibian with infectious disease increase their reproductive effort: evidence for the terminal investment hypothesis. Open Biology. 6(6): 150251. Scheele BC, Hunter DA, Brannelly LA, Skerratt LF, Driscoll DA. 2016. Reservoir‐host amplification of disease impact in an endangered amphibian. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12830. Brannelly LA, Webb R, Skerratt LF, Berger L. 2016. Effects of chytridiomycosis on hematopoietic tissue in the spleen, kidney and bone marrow varies between three diverse amphibian species. Pathogens and Disease. 74(7): ftw069. Scheele BC, Hunter DA, Skerratt LF, Brannelly LA, Driscoll DA. 2015. Low impact of chytridiomycosis on frog recruitment enables persistence in refuges despite high adult mortality. Biological Conservation. 182:36–43. Brannelly LA, McMahon TA, Hinton M, Lenger D, Richards-Zawacki CL. 2015. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in natural and farmed Louisiana crayfish populations: prevalence and implications. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 112:220-235. Bataille A, Cashins S, Grogan LF, Skerratt LF, Hunter DA, McFadden M, Scheele BC, Brannelly LA, Macris A, Harlow P, Bell S, Berger L, Waldman B. 2015. Susceptibility of amphibians to chytridiomycosis is associated with MHC class II conformation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282:20143127. Brannelly LA, Berger L, Marrantelli G, Skerratt LF. Low humidity is a failed treatment option for chytridiomycosis in the critically endangered southern corroboree frog. Wildlife Research. 42:44-49. Brannelly LA, Skerratt LF, Berger L. 2015 Treatment trial of clinically ill corroboree frogs with chytridiomycosis with two triazole antifungals and electrolyte therapy. Veterinary Research and Communication 39:179-187. Brannelly LA, Hunter DA, Lenger D, Scheele BC, Skerratt LF, Berger L. 2015. Dynamics of chytridiomycosis during the breeding season in an Australian alpine amphibian. PloS ONE 10(12):e0143629. Brannelly LA. 2014. Reduced itraconazole concentration and durations are successful in treating Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in amphibians. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 85:e51166. Brannelly LA, Berger L, Skerratt LS. 2014. Comparison of three widely used marking techniques for adult anuran species Litoria verreauxii alpina. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 9(2): 428-435. Chatfield MWH, Brannelly LA, Robak MJ, Freeborn L, Lailvaux SP, Richards-Zawacki CL. 2013. Sublethal fitness consequences of infection by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on Northern Leopard Frogs (Lithobates pipiens). EcoHealth, 10; 90-98. Brannelly LA, Chatfield MWH, Richards-Zawacki CL. (2013) Visual implant elastomer tags are an unreliable method of identification in adult anurans. Herpetological Journal, 23(3); 125-129. Brannelly LA, Chatfield MWH, Richards-Zawacki CL. 2012. Field and laboratory studies of the susceptibility of the green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection. PLoS ONE 7(6): e38473. Brannelly LA. Richards-Zawacki CL. Pessier AP. 2012. Clinical trials with itraconazole as a treatment for chytrid fungal infections in amphibians. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 101: 95-104. McMahon TA, Brannelly LA, Chatfield WHC, Johnson PTJ, Joseph MB, McKenzie VJ, Richards-Zawacki CL, Venesky MD, Rohr JR. 2012. The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has non-amphibian hosts and releases chemicals that cause pathology in the absence of infection. PNAS, 110; 210-215.