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 winters 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.
More broadly, my research interests include disease ecology, community ecology, herpetology, ecotoxicology, conservation, science communication and community science.
In the future, I plan to continue working in academia teaching biology and conducting research on ecological topics. My personal aim is to use reptiles and amphibians as a focal study system to investigate ecological questions, but I am broadly interested in any system that will help me investigate disease dynamics with conservation implications.