Anat M. Belasen is a conservation biologist focused on amphibian conservation at the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics. Her postdoctoral research focuses on understanding the genetic basis for intraspecific variation in susceptibility to amphibian chytridiomycosis. Her goal is to carry out research with practical applications for on-the-ground conservation.
Belasen’s projects include:
- Determining the genetic basis for susceptibility vs. resistance to chytridiomycosis in imperiled frogs
- Utilizing museum specimens to reconstruct historical responses to chytridiomycosis outbreaks
Belasen, A. M., Bletz, M.C., da Silva Leite, D., Toledo, L. F., James, T. Y. 2019. Long-term fragmentation is associated with reduced immunogenetic diversity and increased infections in amphibian hosts. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 1-2. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00236
Zamudio, K. R., McDonald, C. A., Belasen, A. M. 2020. High variability in infection mechanisms and host responses: A review of functional genomic studies of amphibian chytridiomycosis. Herpetologica, In Press.
James, T. Y. Toledo, L. F, Rödder, D., da Silva Leite, D., Belasen, A. M., Betancourt-Román, C. M., Jenkinson, T. S., Lambertini, C., Longo, A. V., Ruggeri, J., Collins, J. P., Burrowes, P. A., Lips, K. R., Zamudio, K. R., & Longcore, J. E. 2015. Disentangling host, pathogen, and environmental determinants of a recently emerged wildlife disease: lessons from the first 15 years of amphibian chytridiomycosis research. Ecology and Evolution 5, 4079-4097. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1672