My name is Spencer Siddons and I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Purdue University in Dr. Catherine Searle’s Lab. Here, I am investigating the effects of winter conditions on the disease dynamics of an amphibian fungal pathogen. The pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (otherwise known as Bd), has caused amphibian declines and extinctions in many parts of the world, but little is known regarding overwintering infections in high latitudes. For more information about my ongoing projects, please visit my Research page.
I received my M.S. degree from the University of South Dakota in Dr. Jacob Kerby’s Lab where I studied individual and interactive effects of an amphibian chytrid fungus, pesticides, and habitat composition on amphibian communities along the Missouri National Recreation River. I received my B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013.
At a very young age I was fascinated with reptiles and amphibians, flipping every rock or log I could find around my home in Minnesota. I am extremely fortunate to be able to teach others about these animals and share my interest, hopefully sparking the scientific curiosity of others in the process.
Left: Myself (middle) at the start of my herpetological journey in central Minnesota, with my cousin and sister.
Right: Presenting native Wisconsin reptiles to visitors of the Peninsula State Park Nature Center while conducting herpetological surveys.