Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Medina in the Department of Biological Sciences, for passing his Ph.D. defense on Friday, July 27, 2018 in Derring Hall. His dissertation seminar was titled “Assessing diversity, cultivability and context-dependent function of the amphibian skin microbiome”.
Daniel joined the IGC program in it’s inaugural year in the Fall of 2013. He completed his Ph.D. while working with the Belden Lab to study community and disease ecology. Daniel’s doctoral research focused on understanding the effects of environmental factors on the diversity and function of the amphibian skin microbiota, and how those microbes may impact the persistence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) on host organisms. A seasoned tropical biologist – Daniel is headed to the Amphibian Natural History Laboratory of the University of Campinas in Brazil where he will be working as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Luis Felipe Toledo.
Congratulations Daniel – it’s been an honor working with you through the IGC and we know you’re off to do great things in the biological conservation realm!