Resilience Institute Bridging Biological Training and Research
Uncovering Mechanisms of Resilience to Global Change
RIBBiTR is a Biology Integration Institute, funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct research and training that integrates across sub-disciplines in the biological sciences to better understand how living systems achieve resilience to emerging infectious diseases and other global change stressors. The institute is comprised of researcher/educators from nine universities, each with expertise in research and training relevant to the group’s focus on the amphibian disease, chytridiomycosis.
Field research teams in Panama, Brazil, and the USA are working to uncover mechanisms by which amphibian communities are achieving resilience to the disease caused by fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
Frogs are teaching scientists how nature can rebound – University of Pittsburgh
Survival Lessons – The Current, UC Santa Barbara
Amphibian physiology, immunity, microbiology, population genomics, population and community ecology
RIBBiTR team members work collaboratively to contribute to the core research and training missions of the institute.
Comparative field systems in Brazil, Panama, Pennsylvania, and California with contrasting histories of disease emergence and resilience