Episode: UnDisciplined: Let’s Talk Toads
Pub date: 2021-12-02
They’ve got warts, they sometimes smell like roasted peanuts, and in Wyoming, they’re changing how they move because of a fungus. This week, we’ll be discussing a concept known as behavioral fever in boreal toads, and how this fever is helping toads fight chytrid fungus.Dr. Barrile studies how individual toads’ movement and habitat choices scale up to influence population growth and demographic rates. His research uniquely documents toads altering their behavior to cope with chytrid fungus, a concept referred to as “behavioral fever”.
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