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 many 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.
News & Publications
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Host density has limited effects on pathogen invasion, disease-induced declines and within-host infection dynamics across a landscape of disease – British Ecological Society
A guide for developing a field research safety manual that explicitly considers risks for marginalized identities in the sciences – British Ecological Society
Amphibians offer clues to climate change resiliency – VUMC
Frogs are teaching scientists how nature can rebound – University of Pittsburgh
Team to study frogs’ ability to withstand disease and its application to humans and other living systems – Nevada Today
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.