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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.