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Dr. Reid Harris to Lecture at Bridgewater College

10/10/2012

Dr. Reid Harris, professor of biology at James Madison University, will present the fall Silliman Lecture, “Bacterial biocontrol of the lethal skin disease Chytridiomycosis in amphibians,” at Bridgewater College on Friday, Oct. 19.

Harris’s lecture will be at 2 p.m. in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall (room 100) of the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics.

Harris has been a member of the biology faculty at JMU since 1998. His research interest is in salamanders – studying  life history evolution in newts and nesting behavior in the four-toed salamander Hemidactylium scutatum

His research over the past 10 years has focused on the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which has been implicated in the decimation of several amphibian species and the general decline in global amphibian populations.  His research focuses on the ability of skin bacteria in some amphibian species to protect the animal against the effects of the pathogen.
  

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